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PORTFOLIO FOWOSOPEFOLUWA “SOPE” OPAYEMI MASTERS OF ART IN INTERIOR DESIGN HARRINGTON COLLEGE OF DESIGN
TABLE OF CONTENTS REFRACTION HOTEL EUBSTANCE HOTEL H2OTEL AND RESORT DIFFA:
DINING BY DESIGN 2012
EKO WELLNESS CENTER EKO FUSION
REFRACTION HOTEL CONCEPT STATEMENT
Refraction of light is the movement of light from one medium to another. This often causes a person to view things in a skewed manner. For example, viewing a fish in a body of water or travelling through the desert and the road looks shiny. Therefore, by taking the basic concept of refraction of light, the refraction hotel uses the principles to create spaces whereby light is used to inspire design decisions. the lobby uses the formation of patterns with light from the â€œSâ€? shaped grand staircase to the chandelier. The nightclub uses the most popular form of refraction and an array of colors are produced to mimic the rainbow. This space looks at refraction froma literal standpoint. With these principles, the project will use materials, shapes and varying light forms to change the direction of the eye in the space.
Lobby: Offers a welcoming atmosphere for the guests. The space is highlighted by the use of a grand starcase, a statement chandelier, and lounge spaces for relaxation. The lobby tries to create a warm atmosphere in a highrise building that can be somewhat daunting. Restaurant: Located on the ground floor, it is a specialty restaurant that caters to the needs of the visitors. Nightclub: Located adjacent to the restaurant and connected by a circular staircase, the nightclub draws inspiration from the rainbow and the color spectrum. Spa and Pool: Located on the fourth to tenth floor, create avenues for guests to have the spa package as part of their individual experience. these floors offer guests the ability to be close to the spa as well as hotel rooms. The spa offers treatment rooms, hot tub, sauna, and a store. Hotel Rooms: These offer layouts that cater to ondividual needs as well as group needs. it consists of a standard single room to suites. Warm colors are used to dreate a relaxing environment.
PROCESS AND INSPIRATION LOCATION
HYATT CENTER: 71 S. WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL
RESTAURANT Movement of light passing through different media such as water and air
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GROUND LEVEL - LOBBY, RESTAURANT, NIGHTCLUB
GROUND LEVEL MEZZANINE
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LEVEL 4 - SPA
LEVEL 10 - 40 - HOTEL ROOMS
NIGHTCLUB MAIN DANCE FLOOR
SPA WAITING ROOM
SPA MASSAGE ROOM
EUBSTANCE HOTEL CONCEPT STATEMENT
Eubstance can be defined as the property of holding together and retaining shape. The idea behind this project is to create a social urban retreat with the aim of retaining shape in individuals lives through the use of transcendental meditation, sound, and the visual spirituality of sand dunes. Wind forms sand dunes, sound forms patterns of vibration, and similarly, transcedental meditatiotransforms individual lives. The Eubstance Hotel evolves the hospitality experience. In todayâ€™s urban environment, individuals are increasingly disconnected from one another. Our proposal for the Eubstance Hotel will recreate pockets of group interaction and togetherness within the urban environment, through the integration of modern transcendental meditation, the desert sand dunesâ€™ visual spirituality, and increasingly popular forms of social media for communication. These concepts will be reflected and used to create a hospitality environment in which volumes and experiences are approached in a holistic way. Our radical concept will take the conventional definition of a retreat and transform it into a space within the urban environment. Within this space, the model for a haven will transform from a place of solitude to an environment of group meditation and interchange.
Personal Dunes/Sanctuaries: are located on levels 3 through 4, and 10 through 18, will be the space for visitors to rest. Wellness Spa: Located on Levels 5 and 6 will house spaces for rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a total rehabilitation of an individuals appearance. Program consists of a beauty Salon, Health Spa, Nail Salon and Retail Stores. In essence a visitor can get a makeover here. Athletic Center: Located on Level 7, is directly above the wellness spa, and is used to keep the visitors in shape throughout their stay. Organic Restaurant: Located on levels 8 and 9, is an all day restaurant that will rest aside an eternal reflecting room. Food here is sourced from local farmers and the best quality to keep the body clean. Meditation Rooms: The meditation rooms will face the East with a sound chamber of activated sand to the west in the center of the building, which will run throughout the building and appear as a gradient to show varying levels of group meditation and chanting throughout the day. Rooftop Pool Area: The indoor pool area is going to be open all year round and the design will cater to the climate, The space will be multifunctional regardless of the climate and adjacent to it is a are meditation spaces that can be used by vistors to further enhance their experience to the outdoors.
PROCESS AND INSPIRATION LOCATION
TIME BASED USE OF PROGRAMS
PROCESS FOR DESIGN DECISIONS
RESTAURANT ATHLETIC CENTER INSPIRATION FOR PROJECT
PERSONAL DUNES MEDITATION SPACE THE INLAND STEEL BUILDING - 33 W. MONROE ST, CHICAGO IL
The number 6 represents spiritual balance, therefore hexagons are used in the space to depict spirituality.
LEVEL 5: STORES NAIL SALON BEAUTY SALON KIOSKS SEATING AREA
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LEVEL 6: SPA TREATMENT ROOMS SAUNA STEAM ROOM LOCKER ROOMS
LEVEL 8: BAR RESTAURANT DINING MEDITATION AREA SOUND CHAMBER REFLECTING POOL
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LEVEL 9: BAR RESTAURANT DINING MEDITATION AREA SOUND CHAMBER
LEVEL 10 - 18: HOTEL ROOMS AND SUITES PRIVATE MEDITATION AREA SOUND CHAMBER
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LEVEL 19 (ROOF): MULTIPLE POOLS MEDITATION AND YOGA AREA
BEAUTY SALON ENTRY
BEAUTY SALON WASHING STATION
BEAUTY SALON DRYING STATION
MASSAGE TREATMENT ROOM
BAR ANF UPPER LEVEL DINING
MEDITATION AREA 1
PRIVATE MEDITATION SPACE
HOTEL SUITE ENTRY
HOTEL SUITE LIVING ROOM
HOTEL SUITE BEDROOM
HOTEL SUITE PLUNGE POOL
ROOF TOP POOL
H2OTEL AND RESORT THESIS STATEMENT
The driving force behind this project is to design to give the visitor a home away from home in the hustle and bustle of the city of Chicago; the aspect of exclusivity, isolation and the removing of the visitor from their everyday life was the main focus of this project. The resort is designed to offer a place of haven for the visitors. The location of the building being the lake point tower further helps to drive my concept as it is removed from all other high rise building. As a source of inspiration, the ocean was explored as a driving force behind each program and here elements of the ocean were picked out and used in the design. This includes the use of colors from coral reefs, to the aquatic life in the water. The Project is going to make use of light as a means of way finding, sustainability to be ecofriendly and conscious as well as the existing culture to promote awareness of Chicago.
Hotel Room and Suites: varying sizes to incorporate the different types of guests that will be staying from one bedroom rooms to three bedroom rooms. Kids Center: the activity hub for children between the ages of 5 – 14 and would have spaces that will promote learning as well as recreation. The different programs include the Kid’s play area, two class rooms, a library, computer lab, food court and a multipurpose room. Cultural Center: Here the space would be flexible to be able to house different forms of media, from Art installations done by local Chicagoan artists, to musical performances, to food tasting fairs and movies. The space hopes to pay tribute to the locals in the city and to give the visitors a taste of Local Chicago culture. The space will portray the authentic nature of Chicago all year round. Restaurant: is an all-day restaurant that is open to the residents of the hotel. Indoor/ Outdoor Pool Area: The indoor pool area is going to be open all year round and the design will cater to the climate, by having an indoor pool area as well as an outdoor pool area. The space will be multifunctional regardless of the climate and adjacent to it is a café and bar that will also be open all year round for visitors.
LIGHTING INSPIRATION Dropping lights
LAKE POINT TOWER: 505 N. LAKESHORE DRIVE, CHICAGO IL
Design inspiration is drawn from the ocean and all that embody it. Water has so many components from the coral reefs, to the animals to the waves as well as the shore and beach. Color inspiration is from these and each program picks apart one of the parts that make up an ocean.
FLOOR PLANS LEVEL 1 - 2: LOBBY, AQUARIUM & GALLERY
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LEVEL 3: KIDS CLUB, INDOOR POOL & CAFE
FLOOR PLANS LEVEL 4 - 40: HOTEL ROOMS AND SUITES
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LEVEL 70: RESTAURANT AND BAR
RESORT ENTRY AND RECEPTION
LOBBY SEATING AND AQUARIUM
LOBBY SEATING 2
INDOOR POOL AND BAR
HOTEL ROOM STANDARD
HOTEL FLOOR LOUNGE AREA
RESTAURANT DINING AND BAR
KIDS CENTER PLAYROOM
DIFFA: DINING BY DESIGN Dining by Design is a series of fund raising events organized by and in support of DIFFA (the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Against AIDS). The events feature a variety of table environments within a 10â€™x10â€™ space which are designed by various organizations. The theme for the 2012 DIFFA Chicago Dining by Design event asked designers to focus on sustainability. The Harrington College of Design student table was inspired by weaver birds which create elaborate nests by intricately weaving together found objects, the concept reflects a resourceful community that comes together to benefit a worthy cause. With the concept in mind, the table was designed using found objects such as newspapers, twine and colored papers woven in a wire mesh to salvaged wood for the table and benches. The feel was rustic with warm tones and wants to give a feeling of warmth.
Images by: John Kelly
EKO WELLNESS CONCEPT STATEMENT
The wellness center hopes to incorporate the preventative and wellness aspect of healthcare and find a synthesis between leisure and wellbeing. While looking for a synthesis to both, the concept is derived from here; which is Synchronicity. Synchronicity by definition, is a coincidence of events in time. The wellness center focuses on the blending and balance of the dimensions of wellness which are the body, mind and spirit. By focusing on all three aspects and how they can coexist together at one given time is what wellbeing is about. This concept focuses on changing each aspect of our health individually but the end result is the synchronous functioning of all aspects of the human body.
Some Key words that I hope to focus on throughout the spaces include: Blending, connection to outdoors, modularity, nature, interlacing patterns and spaces, healing and expression to ones feelings.
By definition with the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, metal and social wellbeing and is not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. The objective of the Wellness center is to give the visitor a sense of wellbeing, vitality and energy. Visitors are made to feel healthier, rejuvenated and to fundamentally change the organism that it therefore changes the quality of life of the person. By using textures, warm lighting and creating a sense of balance from the outdoor to indoor space; the perfect equilibrium of the body, mind and spirit can be formed. This ultimately defines how hospitality and wellness can coexist. The client is the governmental hospital in Lagos Nigeria – General hospital Lagos – that specializes in treatment of all types of diseases but does not have a rehabilitation or wellness component to the hospital in Lagos Nigeria. This center would be an annex that would be run by medical staff at the hospital and would have an outpost center at the resort in Lagos. The users of the center are the residents of Lagos that have undergone treatment at the hospital or just want to develop a habit of better living for themselves. I also hope to incorporate an educational aspect to this center by having spaces for vaccination clinics, and other preventative methods of healthcare. In terms of Evolution of the project, the wellness center would be able to be translated in to spaces other than hospital complexes and elements of the center can be translated into outposts in hotels, resorts, educational facilities such as universities and so on.
Sustainability is going to play a huge role in this project as I hope to create an environment that follows the principles of sustainable design. These principles create spaces that improve the quality of life of the user, think of future generations using the space while not endangering the environment as well as reduce the use of toxins in the environment. So by using these principles in the wellness center, I can change the typology of healthcare facilities from sterile spaces to more environmentally conscious spaces while still fulfilling the requirements for highly functional spaces such as these. The following programs are included in this center: Fitness center: consisting of a cardio area with machines, weights area, yoga and aerobics classes as well as a therapeutic pool. Welcome courtyard: This space connects all the programs of the center together. Running through out this space is a skylight to provide access to daylight as well as provide a connection to the outdoors. Zen Garden: Located in the welcome courtyard, contains vertical gardens, water fountain and seating that provide a feeling of warmth in what can otherwise be a very sterile environment. Wellness Clinic: Consists of 10 exam rooms, 6 treatment rooms, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Nurses’ stations, doctors offices and classrooms. Spa: Consistd of a nail salon, massage treatment rooms, facial treatment rooms as well as the retail component.
KEY WORDS HARD AND SOFT
INTERLACING PATTERNS TEXTURE WARM NATURE CONNECTION
Inspiration for dlor is drawn from the sunset as it is an event inwhich twi things are happening at once. The orange , blues and beige colors are used to define each program of the wellness center
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WELLNESS CENTER ENTRY
EXAM ROOM 1
EXAM ROOM 2
EKO THESIS STATEMENT
Nigeria is a country with a growing economy that has the potential to develop its tourism industry. Although its culture is relatively unknown or even misunderstood outside of West Africa, the interior design of eco-resort that is heavily influenced by the culture and community of Lagos, Nigeria can change the experience of the visitors and locals. With the influence of vernacular design of the Yoruba culture, the resort will embody some of the roots of the culture in built form and will thereby produce a new typology of eco-resorts in Nigeria. By providing spatial settings for the synthesis between leisure and wellbeing, the resort not only focuses on the culture of Lagos, Nigeria but also produces interior spaces that provide an equilibrium within which the body, mind and spirit of the visitors to the resort is balanced.
This is a thesis project that focused on designing an eco - resort in Lagos Nigeria using the predominant culture - the Yoruba culture for its influence, while providing 21st century needs that the common resort user will need. It uses a set of design principles that regardless of location in Nigeria, will be applicable in the design of the resort. The project hopes ot highlight the common areas of toursim in NIgeria, the local materials readily available and sustainable as well as debunk sterotypes associated with the culture as portrayed by the media. The resort is located on a property that has 38 acres and includes the following programs. A greeting center: which comprises of the receptionand concierge desk, bar, seating area, multipurpose halls as well as the support areas. Guest rooms : These are free standing bungalows that offer seven different layouts for the needs of the visitors. These are broken down into three categories: Short Stay, Long Stay and Privacy. All serving different needs and configured differently. Restaurant: This is a nine cuisine restaurant that caters to the locals in Lagos as well as the visitors to the resort and explores openness with the use of patterned walls made from interlacing patterns that symbolize community. Cultural Center: this is broken down into 3 categories of Play, Learn and Shop. This space is where there is the showcase of the culture and visitors would be able to understand the culture better. The learn building comprises of a theatre, exhibition space, class and a library to serve the intellectual side of the resort. The play building provides activities related to Yoruba culture, as vacationing should always be fun. it offers eco tours that give guided and unguided tours to visitors about what sustainable practises are being followed at the resort. This area also houses a story telling area, where people can tell stories about the way of life in Lagos Nigeria as most of the Yoruba culture was told orally.
Nigeria is located in West Africa with a population of 162.5 Million people. It climate is primarily warm with heavy rainfall of about 12 - 15 feet per year. It generates it revenue through the iol industry and has over 370 Ethnic groups with the three main ones being the Yoruba Igbo and Hausa.
The existing resort is located in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos Nigeria. Commonly known as Akodo Beach resort. Consists of guest chalets, a lobby, police post and a restaurant.
RESEARCH YORUBA VERNACULAR DESIGN
Yoruba cities were plannes in concentric circles with the innermost circle having the palace and market and the outermost being the strangers.
The site of most Yoruba homes and palaces were planned around a courtyard system, whereby inhabitants of these homes worked, played ate and did all communal activities in these courtyards.
Buildings were constructed using a rectangular plan for common homes, with pitched roof for rain and the material for the roof made out of thatch, the walls made out of adobe. Palaces and market squares had very high pitch roofs to serve as beacon for people coming here.
The interior were made out of carved wood for the posts and pillars, doors were carved for symbolism and built up slabs were made for seating and sleeping.
RESEARCH SYMBOLISM AND COLOR
Symbolism served a big purpose in the yoruba culture in Nigeria. It served to tell a story, depict religion and offer protection. Below are abstraction of symbols from the culture and the correspoinding colors depict their various meanings in the culture.
RESEARCH DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Spaces that provide a better understanding of the local culture.
Spaces that foster integration between the locals and visitors.
Spaces that provide a sense of removal from the visitorsâ€™ everyday lives.
Spaces that are based on the techniques derived from the local culture, materiality and preservation.
PROPOSED SITE LAYOUT
PRIVATE ZONE: GUEST ROOMS
PUBLIC ZONE: CULTURAL CENTER RESTAURANTS MARKET AND SHOPS POOLS WELLNESS CENTER
PRIVATE ZONE: GUEST ROOMS
TRANSITION ZONE: GREETING CENTER AND LAND FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
GREETING CENTERFLOOR PLAN
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Programs Include: 1 - Palm Court 2 - Reception and Concierge desks 3 - Bar and Lounge seating 4 - Multipupose halls 5 - Conference rooms 6 - Kitchen 7 - Office and Support Areas.
Resort Management Office
5 Conference rooms 4 Multipurpose Halls
7 Support area
BAR AND LOUNGE
RECEPTION AND CONCIERGE DESKS
GUEST ROOM LAYOUTS Short Stay One Bed Standard
Two Bed Standard
Long Stay One Bed (Two Story)
Two Bed (Two Story)
One Bed Premium
Two Bed Premium
Four Bed (Two Story)
ONE BEDROOM STANDARD 4 3
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ONE BEDROOM PREMIUM 5
Key: Rendering View Programs Include: 1 - Indoor/outdoor Living room 2 - Private pool 3 - Outdoor living area and walkway 4 - Bedroom 5 - Bathroom
FOUR BEDROOM STANDARD
5 Level 1: Entry, Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Key: Rendering View Programs Include: 1 - Indoor Living room 2 - Outdoor Living room/ Verandaj 3 - Kitchen and Dining area 4 - Bedrooms 5 - Bathrooms
Level 1: Living room, Kitchen and Verandah
INDOOR LIVING ROOM
OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM
KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM
WELLNESS CENTER FLOOR PLAN
1 Key: Rendering View Programs Include: 1 - Fitness center 2 - Spa 3 - Clinic 4 - Pools
RESTAURANT FLOOR PLAN 1 4
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Programs Include: 1 - Kitchen 2 - Dock office and equipment storage 3 - Bar and Seating 4 - Dock and walkway
RESTAURANT FLOOR PLAN 1 3
2 Key: Rendering View Programs Include: 1 - Entry and waiting area 2 - Bar 3 - Main Dining 4 - Outdoor patio dining 5 - Private dining room 4
MAIN DINING HALL
BAR AND BAR SEATING
ENTRY AND WAITING AREA
CULTURAL CENTER FLOOR PLANS
Building 1: Play
Rendering View Programs Include: 1 - Swimming Pools 2 - Lazy River 3 - First aid room 4 - Towel and equipment rental 5 - Kids Club: bowling, arcade, classes 6: Eco tour desk and storage 7 - Storytelling and rest area 8 - Locker rooms 9 - Gallery entry and check in 10 - Exhibition Space: music, art, dance and food 11 - Theatre 12 - Library 13 - Projector room 14 - Music room 15 - Art room 16 - Cooking class
12 Building 2: Learn
POOL AND LAZY RIVER