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portfolio 2014 - 2016

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interior architecture

kesu gupta


01 O rigami Wall I nstallation (2-3)

05 One M adison Hotel (15-34)

02 Honeycomb Wallcovering (4-6)

06 Window Displays (36)

03 Work .L ive .L oft (7-9)

07 P ixels (37-39)

04 Coral-L ine Wallpaper (10-13)

08 Canvas N ight L amp (40)

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Origami Wall I nstallation Paper is usually understood as a highly fragile material, but after experimenting with stronger types of paper like origami, a three-dimensional pyramid was created. The wall installation pyramids were created with origami paper using folding techniques, without the use of adhesives. Post the set-up, the pyramids maintained their structural integrity. The multiplication of these pyramids creates a united wall installation, while still showing the strength of the individual pyramid.

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crease and folded half pyramid

different depth perception when you turn the piece over

elevation

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Inspiration

Vectorize

Honeycomb Wallcovering The idea was to create something using modules. The main requirement of this project was to be inspired from nature. My inspiration was derived from the honey comb structure, which appealed to me due to its geometric appearance. In keeping with my theme, I used the image of a bee as the pattern, which was derived through digital

Patternize

M aterialize

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After going through different versions of where the texture would be placed in the whole field of tiles and which of the tiles would be elevated and if the element of color would be introduced or not we decided to go with a very natural piece, void of color and print. The tiles are laser cut and the the honey bee image is laser etched onto the surface of the tiles which is essentially burning off one layer of the chip board material I have used for this project. The earthy tone and the smell of burnt chipboard also lends itself to the natural theme.

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A pplication This design can be used as a feature wall by retail shops or restaurants. May be made using different materials like glass and wood.

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Work .L ive .L oft A space to work and live in. The site overlooks a valley on one side and the city on the other side. The apartment is designed for a couple- Vivian and Edward. They both travel often for their work and wanted a home close to nature where they can unwind and work so they can spend the time they are not individually traveling, near each other. Their idea of an apartment resembled that of an artist’s loft with a place to sleep and a place to have a few close friends over.

Vivian A rtist / Sculptor Designs L ight F ixtures L ikes

to go off the grid at times

E njoys S moking Mostly

works out of her home studio

T ravel Often B elieve in S imple living Want an open airy loft Their Philosophy - creating more and owning less . B logger/ Journalist L ike to have people around L oves Cafes Office

is where he can place his laptop

E dward

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Roof P lan Giant Skylights create an Indoor double height courtyard that fills the whole apartment with lgiht and gives an open and airy feel to the space.

2 nd F loor P lan The studio can become a closed space by pulling the sliding doors out of the wall pockets. It has attached a small balcony where Vivian can step out for air and a smoke. This is also functional for her work, as she needs open space when using spray paints and adhesives. Edward occasionally joins her in the balcony and they share a break over a cup of coffee and cigarettes.

K itchen L iving S pace S kylit - C ourtyard S tudio B edroom

Ground F loor P lan The apartment has built in furniture throughout, lending itself to the concept of simple living.

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The living space plate is staggered to create seating and also to accommodate the height requirements of the kitchen below.

S ection A

Section C

S ection B

S ection D

The ground level of the space is 5 feet below the street level, so the entry to the apartment is through the living space on the 2nd floor.

Diagram1

The loft is devoid of any full walls separating the volumes. It is primarily divided into 4 volumes. At any given point of any volume, you can interact with two other volumes.

S tudio

L iving S pace

B edroom

K itchen

Diagram 2

There is no direct connection between the Mezzanine plates - the studio and the living space which become work spaces for Vivian and Edwardo. This fosters a sense of desire, playing off the chemistry between vision and touch

Diagram 1 9

Diagram 2


Coral-L ine Wallpaper This project asked a detailed research on any organism and a study of their habitat, distinct properties in order to design a series of three wallpapers inspired by the organism. I chose the Toadstool Coral. I tried to reflect their distinct properties in the process to create three different designs suited for a hotel lobby, an accent piece and a residential living room respectively.

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Multiplication While the coral head is the familiar visual form of a single organism, it is actually a group of many individual Polyps. In turn these corals form colonies and reefs. The wallpaper was created by multiplying a coral module for application in hotel lobbies and other commercial spaces.

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Flourescent. Many corals are intensely fluorescent under certain light wavelengths.Photoproteins make them fluoresce. A current theory is that this acts as a type of sunscreen for them. This piece is created by enhancing the flourescent colors of the corals to make a stand alone impactful graphic for Application as an accent wall paper.

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Texture They have a leather-like feel and rerelatively stiff for a skeleton-less coral. When a coral dies it leaves behind it exoskeleton wich is hard and sharp This wallpaper is designed to be used in resedential spaces or cafes. The process involved vectorization of the image to pring out the pure texture, devoid of contrasting colors.

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NE MADIS N

ONE MADISON HOTEL - COVERPAGE AND LOGO Hotel logo has been derived from the floor plan of the building 15


One Madison is an existing residential building in New York located in the bustling flatiron neighborhood, right across Madison Square Park. For this project, we were asked to redesign the skyscraper into a hotel.

NORTH - MADISON SQUARE PARK

LOCATION

SOUTHEAST

NORTHWEST

WEST

EAST - NORTHEAST

ONE MADISON - NEW YORK, NY

ONE MADISON HOTEL - LOCATION, SITE KEY

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SOUTH


“A beautiful hotel inspired by Gothic architecture, transporting travelers into a sense of place away from the crowds” - Condé Nast Traveler

“The smell of coffee, the scent of wine, a touch of mystery - perfect place to take a break from the hustle of New York” -The New York Times

“Designed as a luxurious work-space that provides the solace needed to work, rest and rejuvenate all at the same place” -- Travel + Leisure

ONE MADISON HOTEL - MOOD BOARD

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GROUND FLOOR

2ND - 4TH FLOORS

5TH FLOOR

GROUND LEVEL

CONFERENCE AREA AND ADMINISTRATION

LIBRARY AND CAFE

The entrance to the lobby of the hotel opens up on the quiet 22nd street. The residential suites are along this street offering it a peaceful and homely environment. The conference rooms are accessible directly through the 23rd street entrance which is easily accessible, right off the subway.

Conference rooms continue from the ground up to the second floor. There are two levels dedicated for administrative purposes.

Two floors devoted exclusively to the library and cafe/bar with an outdoor area which provides for a smoke friendly zone.

ONE MADISON HOTEL - PROGRAM

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6TH - 47TH FLOORS Terrace floors: refer to elevation

48TH - 50TH FLOORS Terrace - L48

STANDARD ROOM AND SUITES

PUBLIC SPACES

There are 216 standard rooms, with each standard room floor plate divided into 6 rooms each - 4 king room and 2 queen rooms. There are 6 terrace floors which are dedicated to suites and come with their own outdoor area.

The top 5 levels are dedicated public spaces allowing a 360 degree view of the city. They consist of a rooftop pool and garden area for lounging, a speakeasy, 2 restaurants and a gym. Speakeasy by norm are hidden / underground. While giving a very private feel, the hotel’s speakeasy is hidden in the night sky.

The hotel is designed primarily as a workspace for writers and traveling journalists. It also serves as long term residences for people who come into the city often and need a more permanent place that they can call their own.

ONE MADISON HOTEL - PROGRAM 19


GUEST SERVICES

The main entrance to the hotel is from 22nd street. The hotel invites you into a grand warm setting, with lounge seating area, an offering table to get a snack, while you are waiting to check in, or are on your way out, or are just lounging and working there.

As you walk through this long hallway of the lobby, the second room provides you with guest services like a check in and concierge counter. It also houses a gift shop for your essentials and more.

23 rd street

22 nd street

INVITE

LOBBY - PROGRAM

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FUNCTION

GATHER

WORK

The last section in this hallway is a functional space, a part of which is blocked off for the office space for the staff and the other part has computer workstations on the other side, for guests who may not be carrying their laptops.

At the end of the hallway is a courtyard with glass tiled ceiling. Even though it is an indoor area, this glass ceiling makes it feel like an outdoor space with ample natural light and vines creeping down the walls. This is a communal area with a living room and dinner hall set up, with a bar / cafe at the back.

As you walk through the lobby from 22nd street, you can see a transition from a lounge friendly to a more work friendly zone. This last space on the ground level is not a part of the lobby. This space is divided into small conference rooms for those who need an office set up to work or a private area for small meetings. This zone is equipped with printing services and essential stationary.

23 rd street

22 nd street

The Gothic wall structure provides slab seating on one side of the computers and a satement candle display ornaments the opposite wall.

LOBBY - PROGRAM

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LOBBY - MOOD BOARD The inspiration for the design of the hotel came from Gothic architecture, represented by the use of arches, materials and the color scheme. 22


LOBBY - INVITE - OFFERING TABLE AND WAITING AREA 3D RENDERING

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LOBBY - SEATING/ WAITING AREA 3D RENDERING

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LOBBY - COURTYARD WITH THE BAR AT THE BACK

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LOBBY - VIEW FROM THE ENTRANCE TO THE COURTYARD

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LOBBY - VIEW FROM COURTYARD TO THE LOBBY ENTRANCE

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STANDARD ROOM PLATE - EACH FLOOR HAS 6 DIVISIONS.

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Designed to maximize the city views. The central piece is the vault bed which complements the Gothic aesthetics of the room. The windows are lined with a ledge surface, allowing guests a spot to lean back and read or relax, while enjoying the views. As you enter the room, on the right, there is a free standing closet, and the vault bed in the center with night stands on either side. Then there is the study and in the corner is an “L� shaped ledge to complete the living space. Towards the left side is the bathroom with a double vanity and free standing tub basked in natural light from both sides, and an enclosed toilet and shower.

GUEST ROOM - PLAN

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GUEST ROOM - MOOD BOARD 30


GUEST ROOM - VAULT BED 3D RENDERING 31


GUEST ROOM - WINDOW CORNER 3D RENDERING 32


GUEST ROOM BATHROOM - VANITY 3D RENDERING 33


GUEST ROOM BATHROOM - TUB, SHOWER ROOM 3D RENDERING 34


Window Displays Mock up for window displays using found objects, concentrating on composition and branding. 1) Burt’s Bees : inspired by the organic, earthy image of the brand. Abstracting the Bees’ component with the use of hexagon. 2) Coffee Filters : Using the coffee filters themselves for the composition of the display. 3) Sephora : A black and white study for the display of Sephora products.

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PIXELS For this project, for a wall covering class, we were asked to create a wallpaper that had a story behind it. The classroom we were in had been used previously by artists and the tables were all covered with random paint splotches, scratches, developing a very unique character of their own. Taking inspiration from my own table (image above), I decided to narrate the story of the classroom. I documented all the other materials existing in the room and created the final wallpaper (right) combining all elements of the classroom. All the materials were digitally laid on canvas. The materials ,texture and color were used to create an abstract checkerboard and then merged and digitally enhanced to create the final wallpaper (right).

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APPLICATION The wallpaper is graphically dense and is perfect to create a statement. I created three other color-ways for it. The greyscale version can be used on the walls of a cafe or as backdrop to a bar, and can provide an industrial look to the establishment. The lighter versions can be used as print for textile, stationary, table mats and also wallpapers!

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Canvas N ight L amp The lamp not only depicts the transition from day to night, but also the ability of the user to change the ambience controlling three different light sources. The plain canvas lamp comes to life with the play of light. The heart comprises of male and female symbols, with no clear pattern, illustrating the complexity of relationships.

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