Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Final Perspectives

View into food prep area

View of reading/relaxation corner

View from food prep area into daycare

View of hall leading to daycare

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rendered Floor Plan

First Perspectives

View into food prep area

View from food prep area into daycare

View of reading/relaxation corner

View of all leading to daycare

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

User Needs


Physical Needs

Psychological Needs


open, plentiful and comfortable seating, inviting setting, well lit, secure, circulation

friendly, welcoming, sociable,


full access, wide visibility, informative

friendly, welcoming, approachable, sociable


child safe/proof design, age appropriate toys, colorful environment, safety, well lit, circulation, divided areas for eating playing napping, desks, seating, storage, daycare only bathrooms, kitchen area, outdoor play area

educational environment, sociable


secure, well lit, desks, seating storage

welcoming while private

Meeting Room

versatile, large table and seating, presentation recourses, versatile lighting,


Coffee Shop & Internet Café

tables, seating, abundant outlets, coffee bar, well lit, outdoor seating

sociable, safety

Mail Room

mailing recourses, mailboxes

safety piece of mind


toilets/urinals at appropriate heights for elders and children, hand rails, handicap accessible sinks and toilets, hand dryers at appropriate heights accessible soap dispensers, non-slip flooring,


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lyndon Street Artworks

Lyndon Street Artworks is a place where artist of all types come and work together to create a place that thrives with life and culture. Not only are there painters, drawers, sculptors, and multimedia artists but also musicians and writers come to Lyndon Street to perform and present to the wide audience that comes to enjoy the talent. When first entering the reformatted warehouse, there is a welcoming area with couches, tables, and the artwork of the various artists housed in the building as well as those who are affiliated. The first Friday of every month offers an opportunity for open viewings and networking with the artists which spreads the word of what these artists do and how they express themselves.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Design Thinking

The main ideas of design thinking that stand out to me most are the thoughts of design is big and should focus on small single objects for aesthetics. Design should also not just involve the designer. The people that would be using a space or the related demographic should be incorporated into design decisions and to find the needs that must be met.

For Unity Village:
The aspect of the first floor that I feel needs a large amount of attention id the daycare. The questions that I must answers are those of not only just aesthetics and safety but also taking into consideration what is going on in this area and how it will be used in multiple ways. While I have worked with children on many occasions I know somewhat of what children of daycare age like do to and what is most enjoyable to do. I can use this knowledge to create an area that will cater to the needs of these children and their caretakers.


[excerpts from Shaping Interior Space by Roberto J. Rengel]

-The decisions made during the early design stage become the foundations upon which the rest of the design is built.
-The concept of fit in interior design is concerned with issues of comfort, style, and occasion.
concepts start with no predetermined form
-design concept: an insightful and fitting overall basic strategy
-a concept in interior design could be said to be a general strategy or approach for the solution of a design problem having specific circumstances. A design concept aims to conceive a response to solve a design problem in a very particular way.
-The main concept addresses the main design problems of the project and provides a dominant structure or idea that all other design ideas adhere to.
-While some main concepts may consist of a single idea, most consist of a handful of ideas that, together, constitute a single, or at least consistent, approach.
-Concepts can be philosophical, thematic, functional, artistic, mood related, or stylistic.
-Design concepts can only be determined on a case-by-case basis when the particularities of a project are known. They are externalized through verbal statements, concept diagrams, and concept sketches.
-Written statements are most often used to convey character (image) concepts.
-The problem is that many written concept statements never get to the point. The point of design concept statements is to tell the audience, as efficiently as possible, about the designer’s approach to solve the design problem.
-The best design statements share the following three attributes:
1. Design concept statements speak more about the design solution than the design problem.
2. Design concept statements are selective.
3. Design concept statements are economical. [packs a lot of info into a short statement]
-To test a concept to determine whether it is a design concept, simply ask yourself the following question: Does this statement tell me anything about the approach to the design solution.
-One cannot possibly hope to address every single issue of the project in the design concept.
-ways of approaching design concept statements include the use of statements that try to paint a picture of the experience you can expect.
-Reducing the parts to a minimum requires some abstraction.
-Simple arrangements tend to work best.
-Young designers should also think simultaneously about order, enrichment, and expression while generating concepts.
-There are four important aspects to consider when coming up with the organizational concept for a project: placement, circulation, massing, and geometry.
-Relationships determine issues of proximity.
-The best organizational concept diagrams address the massing of the overall project.
-Generally speaking, it is a good practice to have less rather than more masses in space and simple rather than complex figurations.
-Recommended stages of concept development:
...understand the project
...identify salient issues
......this project is all about...
......truly significant aspects of the site include...
......unique aspects of this project include...
......the functional requirements obviously point to an organizational pattern that...
...a few adjectives that fit this project are...
...conceive workable approaches
...externalize the approaches
...consolidate ideas and choose a direction.
-There is a myth that concepts have to be unique and different.
-Ideas usually arise as thoughts, mental pictures, or diagrams or drawings while you sketch. It is important to capture ideas when they arise, even before judging them.
-Two ways to externalize concept approaches are visual and verbal.

Rengel, Roberto. Shaping Interior Space. second. New York: Fairchild Books, 2007. 138-71. Print.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Unity Village: First Floor Sketchup

The largest challenge that is present at the moment is that the first floor of Unity Village has a smaller interior floorspace as compared to the second floor. But this challenge is somewhat compensated by having balconies outside.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Preliminary Layout

As the designers for the first floor of Unity Village we began to layout the basic space allocations for each of the different space types. We needed to work these spaces around the preexisting structures such as columns, stairs and elevators.

Meeting Rooms
Coffee Shop/Internet Cafe
Mail Room
Closet Space

After more closely examining the layout that we began with we realized that adjustments must be made in order to accommodate for the floor to ceiling windows and the placement of all the exterior doors.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Unity Village Scenes

Full Isometric

North Face

South Face

Ground Floor Parking

First Floor Entrance

Second Floor Perspective

iso view

south wall
South Wall

north wall
North Wall

ground floor
Ground Floor

first floor plan
First Floor

second floor plan
Second Floor