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Contents HOSPITALITY| Elemental 04 RETAIL| Youâ€™re Invited! 34 CULTURAL| Museum of Art and Design 48
fall 2016 // hospitality design studio This is a sponsored project by Hampton Inn. The goal is to create a co-brand between Hampton Inn and another commercial brand to help expand the hotelâ€™s clientele and geographical locations. The project involves designing both the public areas as well as two types of guestrooms a standard room and a King suite.
Koh Rong, Cambodia
Krabi, Thailand Nha Trang, Vietnam
Negros, The Philippines
The Co-Brand Pacific Ocean
Eu Yan Sang is a traditional chinese medicine brand that is popular in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. It incorporates the following: Herbal Tea A dietary supplement as well as method of relaxation and meditation. Chinese Herbs focuses on healing the body and harmonizing body with nature. It is founded upon the principles of the five elements: water, fire, metal, earth and wood. Massage / Acupuncture Physical treatment processes provided by certified physicians. Clinic Services Consultation with traditional chinese medicine doctors. 6
Hampton Inn is an economical brand under the Hilton hospitality chain, targeted at families, business travellers and solo travellers who seek high quality experiences at an affordable price.
Pulau Tioman, Malaysia
Free Hot Breakfast Hot breakfast, including freshbaked waffles is provided daily in the dining area next to the lobby.
Pulau Misool, Indonesia Pulau Rote, Indonesia
Pulau Rote, Indonesia
Free Wi-fi Hampton Inn cherishes human connection so every guestroom and the lobby has free wi-fi for guests to stay connected with their loved ones back home.
Clean and Fresh White Bed The white bed with white duvet covers in every guestroom is a specialty of Hampton Inn to make guests feel welcomed.
Being in the tropics, this region has access to all of the five elements of nature which are central to the theory used in traditional chinese medicine. This can provide a productive and natural setting for the getaway travellers.
The South East Asia region is selected as the site for this co-branding development for two reasons:
Despite project developments in nearly every continent, South East Asia remains one region Hampton Inn has yet explored and taken advantage from. With this areaâ€™s rapid development especially in the tourism sector, Hampton Inn can benefit from the increasing clientele who take to such areas.
Concept: Elemental The Essence of Being Elemental refers to the importance of going back to the core of who we are as well as the importance of the five elements in harmonizing our body with nature. It forces us to look inwards, be introspective and heighten our awareness or consciousness.
eu yan sang
Materials: The Five Elements
A Growing Demand In todayâ€™s society where it is easy to get caught up in daily work and neverending stimuli, there is an increasing need for people to get back in touch with themselves by shutting out the clutter of daily life and transcending the external chaos to reach an inner peace and comfort.
1 A small and dark entry vestibule
heightens the guestsâ€™ awareness of their surroundings upon entry. 2 Walls unfold towards the check-in area, revealing daylight and space. 3
Light plays an important role in creating an uplifting atmosphere in the breakfast area.
A simple and unassuming tea room creates the ideal setting for a cultured experience like tea-drinking.
Symmetry and dark wood in the pharmacy gives a sense of dependability and reliability.
Back to the small and dim environment, the massage room provides an introspective and regenerative atmosphere. Here, guests come full circle in their experience of the space and concept.
The central courtyard with a water feature creates a quiet contemplative setting for guests to lounge in.
Entry vestibule The entrance is a dark and confined space which focuses the guestsâ€™ attention on their surroundings. The space expands visually as guests proceed from the vestibule to the check-in and finally into the lobby.
Check-in area Light coming from the right and partial visual access to the indoor courtyard and the water feature is intended to draw guests out towards it and finally lead them into the large open and bright space of the lobby.
Courtyard The focal piece of the courtyard, the water feature, is almost sculptural in its form and deliberation. It invites guests to walk along and interact with it. It directs movement down the lobby into the dining area and pharmacy.
Tea house Located in the corner, the tea house evokes a sense of serenity and deep reflection. Traditional chinese tea drinking is a highly sophisticated art where both the tea-maker and tea-drinker are engaged in a slow process of careful tasting and meaningful conversation. 18
Pharmacy Directly opposite the breakfast area, the Eu Yan Sang store conveys its importance as a supplement to good diet and health. It sells herbs and packaged medicine and guests can pick up their prescriptions here.
Clinic | Massage Room The dark and confined clinic massage room imitates the entrance vestibule in its attempt to create a more introspective environment, encouraging guests to feel a reconnection to their body and energy (qi).
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Standard Guestroom The standard guestroom features a bay window for teadrinking and provides a serene setting to relax or meditate in. Elements of Hampton Inn include: black and white photo, white bed, and closet/toilet sliding door.
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Bathroom Elevation 29
King Suite The suite features a massage bed and a tea-drinking area so that guests can enjoy the unique amenities of the hotel from the comfort of their own room. Elements of Hampton Inn include: black and white photo, white bed and closet/toilet sliding door.
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spring 2016 // retail design studio This project is sponsored by a local supermarket brand called Kroger. At the time of the project, Kroger was reconstructing a store beside the University of Cincinnati campus and it would be frequented by students, local residents as well as staff and faculty from the University. The scope of the project involves designing the bistro and dining areas on the ground and mezzanine levels.
Concept: You’re invited!
The scope of intervention is limited to the bistro and dining areas of the ground floor and mezzanine level, as highlighted on the floor plans below.
The theme behind this concept is a dinner party. Because of Kroger’s focus on creating memorable experiences for its customers, a dinner party was chosen as the theme as it is an event where close friends and family come together to share stories and have a wonderful time. Similarly, the concept for the bistro and dining area is to invite both students from UC and the residents of Corryville to come together and create and share great experiences in Kroger and with Kroger.
• UC Campus
Mezzanine floor plan
ine Rooftop garden
E Corry St
• New Kroger
Calhoun St Willia
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Kroger is the second largest supermarket chain in the US and seeks to provide the best customer experience through great people, great products, great prices and great experiences.
The Corryville Kroger location is right off of the University of Cincinnati campus and thus the primary visitors to the supermarket is students, as well as residents nearby. With this prime location, Kroger hopes to bring together the residents and students alike and create a “third-place” for these guests.
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Terrace Outdoor terrace
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Outdoor terrace Starbucks
Ground floor plan
Mezzanine floor plan
The kitchen is usually the first place guests go to when visiting a friendâ€™s house for a dinner party as they greet the hosts there. The visual references to a residential kitchen evokes a sense of familiarity with the environment and staff.
After getting their food from the kitchen, guests gravitate towards the terrace as they eat and mingle with their friends. Elements like the photo wall by the windows and the wishing tree encourage guests to share their Kroger experience with others in creative ways and act as conversation starters between strangers.
the rooftop garden
As night dawns and guests start to ease into a more relaxed state, the rooftop garden becomes a popular hang-out spot for many. From the green carpet to the path lights, the furniture selection evokes an quiet outdoor setting.
The bar provides a relaxed setting for people to wind down after a busy day. It is also an ideal place for friends to catch up with one another. A social wall allows guests to write and share stories with other guests.
the digital social wall
the indoor deck
By tagging #kparty on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter posts, posts will automatically show up on the digital social wall, forming a visual collection of guestsâ€™ experiences at Kroger.
Here, people can find peace and quiet away from the party that is going on outside. A dark and cozy environment provides guests with comfortable seating and a chalkboard wall encourages guests to share whatever they want with other guests.
IN CONVERSATION: ART AND DESIGN
summer 2017 - spring 2018 // capstone studio The two-semester capstone studio culminates in the graduation project for the B.S. Interior Design degree. The capstone studio required an intensive research process which included site analysis, user analysis as well as literature research on related topics and typologies. Space planning, design elements and details were developed based on the research conducted. The final showcase involved a weeklong display at the University of Cincinnati.
Project Abstract The relationship between art and design is more often a contentious than straightforward one. On one hand, designers like Charles Ray Eames think that “[good] design may be judged as art”; on the other, some critics think that art “must not be good design”. There is yet another view that “Art and design exist in a continuum of possibilities”. Thus, In Conversation is a response to the increasingly interdisciplinary approach that is becoming prevalent in our society today. More specifically, it questions whether the conflation between art and design is meaningful or can be meaningful at all.
Site / Existing building
1225 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH The chosen site is located in a highly accessible, up-and-coming neighborhood near downtown Cincinnati. The area provides access to various amenities like cafes, restaurants, outdoor parks, independent art galleries as well as plenty of parking lots.
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Programs + Circulation
The solid/void of the existing structure is reduced to a simple geometric volume
Education is placed on the ground floor to provide a basis for what is to come in the exhibitions on the upper floors
An atrium is created at the back of the building for “education” to permeate throughout the space
Circulation is placed within the education program zone to increase exposure and symbolize process of learning and internalizing
5 Exhibitions Exhibitions on the two levels correspond with each other, recalling the experience of seeing the same object in “opposite” settings (art gallery versus design fair), encouraging active comparison between object as art versus object and design or vice versa.
4 Video screenings Video screenings of interviews with artists and designers inform visitors’ experience by placing what they are seeing in context.
Exhibition Design Concept Put art into the context of design: Art is design is art
3 Atrium A social space where artists and designers are invited to come and speak about their work and its relationship to art or design. Insights from this space can permeate the entire building in the form of sound or memory, acting as a constant reference for visitors in the exhibition areas.
Put design into the context of art: Design is art is design
2 Cafe The cafe acts as a setting for social interaction and discussion about art ande design topics by providing a selection of books on artists, designers and their work along the length of the wall. 1 Entrance An inappropriately used Minimalist piece greets visitors at the entrance. The ridiculous adaptation heightens their awareness of such instances where art transforms into design or the other way around to prepares them for what is to come. 55
Cafe / Library The cafe acts as a setting for social interaction and discussion about art ande design by providing a selection of books on artists, designers and their work along the length of the wall.
Exhibition Brochure A brochure was designed and printed as part of the project to fully illustrate how each art piece is transformed into a design and vice versa. It also serves to provide a deeper analysis of each piece and its relationship with art and design. Design Concept The “art is design is art” exhibition guide and “design is art is design” exhibition guide are printed back to back such that it is physically impossible to see the same object as art and design at the same time. Flipping the brochure over to the other side symbolizes transitioning from an art to a design perspective and vice versa.
Academic Work from the INTD Program at University of Cincinnati