Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Curious about what I do at school?

I've been literally crazed lately because of school, my job, and wedding stuff that needs to get rolling (thank GOD my mom has a handle on it!). I thought I'd share some of my project that I'm doing for my Contract class. We're designing an office space for a non profit arts association for aging Babyboomers (yes, Babyboomers, we all get old, face it.) in New York City.

It started out with a bubble diagram mapping out the room requirements on the empty floorplan.

And then become this! The main reception area is a spiral shape as my inspiration was Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty.

Amazing environmental art by Robert Smithson in Utah.

Next I made this model out of chipboard. It took a lot of patience, a lot of scoring, and a little band aid.

And this is what I'm working on right now--my sections. I'm trying to show the feeling of a spiral in these views, though a little unsuccessfully. I think the addition of built-ins might be the key--what do you think?

I barely have time for this but it's basically my first priority right now. I'm really into it too. Some of the students in my class "hate" their project but I LOVE mine. I love the challenge and the process of overcoming the challenges. I may or may not have woke up last night and started hallucinating that I had wallpaper in the pattern of my floor plan, but that's besides the point. Remember THIS this week, too! Have a great Tuesday!

Alicia B.


Raina Cox said...

Oh, that takes me back. It heartens me that you're still taught to do all this by hand.

glennora said...

a long transition of wall color could give the spiral feel.

Robin said...

Similar to what glennora said, I was thinking a mural a la Sol Le Witt could extend the spiral into other spaces.

Alicia B. Designs said...

Raina, we do Autocad too but I'm just old school and like to draw. I'm doing a perspective in Google SketchUp.

Glennora and Robin--I like that idea!! good call on the SLW, you're a true Hartford woman!


Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I love the chipboard model! I have a strange obsession with dioramas and this kind of reminds me of them.