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Final Construction Documents

Finish Plans & Schedule

Furniture Plans & Schedule

Accessories Schedule

Our final project for the semester was to create a series of construction documents for finishes furniture and accessories.  Doing the accessories schedule really helped me to feel like the spaces were finally finished.  The documents were to be done for five spaces in our senior project’s facility.  In the dance academy I chose to do the schedules and plans for the:

  • Dance Studio
  • Arrival/Reception/Performance Lobby
  • Cafe/Lounge
  • T.V. Lounge
  • Retail Store

Commencement Speech Update*

I am finally done writing my commencement speech.  It sends the message that I wanted it to in a way that is not dull or dry, and has some humor that all of the students will be able to relate to.  The speech overall gives hope for the future and I am really excited, now that it is written, for graduation day to finally get here so I can get it over with and be a University of Arkansas Alumni.

I hope you all have enjoyed following my journey as a senior interior design student, and hopefully I will have the opportunity to continue this blog with my professional work so that I can continue to keep you all up to date on things going on in my professional career.

Thanks for reading!

JMC ❤

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The Legacy Dance Academy: Final Product

Occupied Floors

Relationship Map to the Walton Arts Center

Floor and Ceiling Plans

Arrival/Reception

Dance Studio

Cafe/Lounge

Retail Store

Viewing Lounge

Makeup Room

T.V. Room

Sections

It’s all in the Details

                

I couldn’t be happier with how the overall project turned out.  After uncountable sleepless nights and a lot of work, my senior project is done and ready for presentation.  I hope you all have enjoyed watching the project’s progress.  The images are produced using Autodesk Revit Architecture, Photoshop & InDesign.

I’m going to try and have someone film my presentation and I may be able to get that on here for you all to understand the process a little bit more in depth.

Thanks for following!

JMC ❤

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Retail Design

These plans and sections are the product of one of our last 3 hour charettes.  I chose to design the store, because it is an interesting space in my facility.  I apologize for the quality of the images.

Ceiling & Floor Plan

I manipulated the ceiling plan to communicate my concept of movement and to create interest in the space.  I really enjoy working with the ceiling plane in any plan because I feel like it is a HUGE part of how a user experiences the space.  Everywhere I go I’m always looking UP to see how the architect/designer has communicated the spaces, wayfinding, etc.

In my final ceiling plan I decided to go with a more sinuous curve in the soffit over the cash wrap and mimic that same curve in the cash wrap design itself, which you will see in a perspective later in this post.  The sinuous curve matches that of the soffits over the window displays that is drawn in this current ceiling plan.

A mixture of recessed can lighting and track lighting will be specified to illuminate not only the space, but to highlight the product in the store as well.

 

The floor plan’s basic layout has the shoe section being on the far left with product display being on shelves against the wall.  The “boxes” up against the windows will display the individual styles of shoes.  (this can be seen clearer in section and perspective).

The lower right section of the plan will contain all of the dance apparel such as leotards, skirts, shorts, and tops on face-out display fixtures as well as two floor standing fixtures.

The top right section will contain “gifts” such as posters or prints related to dance, books about dance, picture frames, etc.

The small sections of visible wall will be built out to mimic the build out around the columns and mirrors will be placed on those sections.

Sections

The top section faces the cash wrap.  The custom shelving on the sides of the cabinets will hold any product that would need to be displayed (in this image I have placed dance bags there) on the top three shelves.

The bottom two shelves and drawers are storage and display for dance tights.  There are so many varieties of dance tights, and I came up with the idea for this display with the inspiration from Victoria’s Secret and how they display their bras.  One style of tights will be faced out on display and possibly opened to be able to feel it and see it, while the size runs will be neatly contained in the drawers underneath the display.

The cabinets will be used for staff storage for materials and supplies.

The bottom sections shows the apparel face outs and the window displays better.  The soffits above the window displays will have lettering signage to show people where the style is that they may be looking for.

Revit Model Perspectives

After the charette I was really excited to get this space into Revit to see it in 3D.  I wanted to make sure that the “experience” that I was creating especially in the ceiling plane was not too much.  I would LOVE some feedback on what you all think!

View of Entrance into the Shop

View from Shoe Section

I know it is hard to imagine with out it being rendered with material selections and finishes.

 

So here is some of the FF&E that I have chosen for the space.

Flooring: Shaw Contract Group: City Maple in Alabaster

Window Display Concept:

Benches in Shoes: Hive Modern: Suzanne double lounge chair:

Upholstered in: Knoll Boucle in Chartreuse

Reception Desk Surface: Abet Laminati solid surfacing in White

& Countertop: Dupoint Corian in Arctic Lime (it has a much more green tint to it in person)

Display Fixtures: Store Supply Warehouse

 

I would absolutely appreciate any feedback that you all could give.  Let me know what you think of the space planning, material selections, color choices etc.

Thanks for  reading!

JMC<3

 

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Idea Collaboration

Color Scheme/ Basic Materials

This board displays my color scheme.  Obviously my POP of color, Chartreuse a warm, yet subtle, cream, almost whites, and cool greys.

The carpet tile to the left is by SHAW and is used throughout the facility, especially in corridors, admin offices and the entrances.

The second image is a carpet tile from JJ-Invision that is gorgeous in person.  This will be used in viewing areas, instructor offices as well as the conference room.

The next two tiles are VCT from Johnsonite and the majority of the room will have the charcoal color and the chartreuse color will be placed sporadically.

The other 4 carpet tiles will be used together to create an interesting pattern in the viewing rooms.  Merging from dark to light and incorporating a bit of chartreuse, the carpet will have a similar pattern to this image:

Floor & Ceiling Plans

Do not mind the light fixture spacing in the ceiling plans, these are sketches/ideas.  A more accurate plan will be done in Revit for the final presentation.

Level #3

Level #4

Level #5

Floor and ceiling plans show transitions in space as well as circulation/way finding patterns.  Curvilinear elements as well as pops of color are introduced to create an experience for each and every user.

Activity Space: Dance Studio

The dance studio has a ceiling that creates interest in the space.  The squares on the ceiling are wood veneer that mimic the same finish as the flooring, and are surrounded by mill work, creating a coffered look. The fabrics from Knoll are going to be used for the drapery over the windows in the space.  The wall will be painted with the same two-tone colors to create a space that isn’t broken up and enhances the concept of movement.  The drapes are mounted on the mullions in between the windows and the doors to allow for daylight to penetrate the space even when the drapes are closed, providing the look of clear story windows.

The 4 finishes of wood are displayed, because I have yet to decide on which finish I want in the space.  All of the styles are either Oak or Maple, which is optimal for a dance studio, reducing the wear due to the inherent strength of the natural material.

The carpet tile is from JJ-Invision which will be used to create a transition within the studio for guests or people with street shoes, since street shoes are not allowed on the hardwood floors.

Movable bars will be used to accommodate for more people using both sides.  Plus, the fact that the perimeter of the room is surrounded by glazing, affixed ballet barres would have been nearly impossible.

Public Space: Cafe/ Lounge

This space has not yet been developed for the final design.  However, the finishes have been chosen.  The pendants can be seen suspended through the holes in the “cloud” ceiling, or displayed above banquet seating underneath the overhang (not seen in sketches).  The hardware chosen for the cabinets is very sleek and minimal.  The lounge and dining chairs will both be upholstered in the green fabric from Pallas Textiles.  The tables are from Coalesse.  The cabinet veneer is from Wilsonart and it is in Designer White, while the counter top is one of the 3 finishes from Icestone.  The flooring is, as described before, the Striations from Armstrong in Steel.

Circulation/Arrival

The arrival space’s design has been hammered out and finalized.  The finishes are displayed above, including the metal coil screen dividing the waiting area from the reception desk, the custom-made lighting beams that will bring the corridors down to human scale and provide movement within the space.  The carpet tile from Shaw Contract Group will be used in the elevator entrance while the Striations tiles from Armstrong will be used in the corridors.  The veneer for the reception desk is from Wilsonart and is in Designer White.  The countertops will either be Wilsonart’s solid surface in Designer White, or either of the 3 finishes from Icestone.  The benches shown above will be placed in the corridor and covered in the fabric from Pallas Textiles.

Public Space: Gift/Supply Shop

These are the finishes and fixtures chosen for the store so far.  We have not yet had a charette over this space, so I have not drawn sketches for it.  The Flooring in the space will be a mixture of Steel and Atmosphere Tiles from the Armstrong Striations collection.  The cashwrap veneer will be Designer White from Wilsonart.  The countertop is one of the three Icestone solutions seen above.

Locker Room

The only furniture chosen for the locker room so far are the lockers.  They are not metal, and therefore do not rust or mold.  The light fixtures are 2×4 fluorescent fixtures that provide even diffuse light.

Thanks for reading! Comment with Feedback or Ideas 🙂

JMC<3

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Public Space Design #1

Cafe / Lounge Charette

On Monday our charette was to design one of our public spaces.  I chose to design the cafe/lounge area first.

Perspective Sketch

A lot of work is soon to be done to this space.

Several revisions including:

  • Strategic placement of the refrigerator
  • Contemplation of under the counter refrigeration  (What do you all think would be best?)
  • The addition of shelves with dishware (Matching of course)
  • No cook top will be used but an oven will be in place
  • A built-in recycling center will be incorporated as well
  • The ceiling “clouds” will not have the division in the center
  • More cutouts with pendants will be added
  • The ceiling above will be painted Chartreuse to add an additional POP of color

Ceiling Plan Sketch

As stated above, the ceiling elements will not have the divide in the center, and additional pendants will be placed.

Section Sketch

These are quick sketches, do not mind the details in the actual section.  The charettes are quick and things such as the hood and cook top as well as placement of fixtures and appliances is not  actual or final.

More work is to be done to this as well as the plan view to create interest.

MORE TO COME!

As Always Give Me FEEDBACK 🙂

JMC ❤

 

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Circulation Communicated

It is important in any project to communicate the circulation within and throughout a space with the manipulation of the ceiling plane to create spaces as well as with the flooring material choices to communicate space as well as transitions between spaces.

Flooring Plan:

Armstrong striations 24 x 12 tiles will be used in the main corridor and in the waiting area as well.

An example of this flooring in a space can be seen in this image from Armstrong.com

The color that will be used in the Legacy Dance Academy is Steel

The Carpet that will be used is from Shaw Contract Group

The color shown is what will be used. 

Ceiling Plan:

The ceiling plane in the main corridor will be articulated by using suspended beams to bring the ceiling plane down to human scale.  They will be spaced not so perfect as drawn in the sketch.  As the corridor gets skinnier the beams will be placed closer together and as the corridor widens they will be spread further apart.

Lights will be suspended within those beams and possibly something like this image:

The ceiling in the lobby of the large performance studio will be recessed in a curvilinear shape and will be painted Chartreuse to bring interest to the ceiling.  A suspended light pendant will be placed here .

The ceiling in the waiting area will be suspended 2×2 tiles with another pendant suspended from the center.

Every light pendant specified for this project is made of thin, lightweight, sheets of wood veneer and will be specified in white.  The pendants communicate the concept of movement.

Color scheme I’ve chosen from Benjamin Moore Paints.

Thank you for reading!

JMC ❤

 

 

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Circulation Charette

Wednesday we had a circulation charette to design the specific areas that the main traffic flow would be happening.  The point was to design the users experience in these spaces especially significant places in the facility.  Whether the user is entering or leaving the facility, their experience should be considered and the design should provide interest in arrival and departure.

Sketch #1

The sketch is of an open area in front of a medium sized dance studio.  The wall will be constructed of two way mirror in 8′ x 4′ sheets.  The viewers will be able to see into the studio, but the dancers will not see people watching them.  They will only see themselves.  On the exterior, there will be booth-style window seats that will have partitions where the breaks in the mirror are to hide that on the exterior of the room.  The “window” seats will be lower than typical seats, at 14″ height, allowing a younger crowed to climb up in them and view the dancers.  The cushions will protect people from leaning into the actual mirror.

The soffit will angle down toward the left and wrap around into the corridor.  The floor pattern will follow the shape of the space and will be carpet in the viewing area and Armstrong Striations BioBased Tile in the hallways.

Entry’s to other studios will have curved soffits that engage the columns to incorporate them into the design.

Inspiration for Sketch #1 can be seen in the following images found on Pinterest:

Sketch #2

My second sketch was of the circulation space off of my arrival space that I designed on Monday.   It is a large open area that I was confused on how to communicate movement.  In this sketch I have dropped soffits down not only over the reception desk, but a soffit follows the length of the partition wall and mimics the curvilinear lines.  This creates a space on the right side of it for the entry into the large performance studio.

A soffit was dropped on the left side of the corridor as well to bring the space down to human scale.

Architectural lighting will be used to highlight the curves and accent the ceiling.

An awning type trellis is used to drop the corridor down to human scale.  It has small recessed light fixtures that illuminate the passageway.  This architectural element also bridges the interior with the exterior due to its feel and character.  The doors lead to a large outdoor balcony, making this appropriate, while further communicating the concept of Unity.

This sketch was inspired by the following image found on Pinterest:

(Inspiration can be seen in the lower right portion of the above image)

Sketch #3

This image has the same soffit design as sketch #2, but implements another idea when it comes to communicating movement and way finding through the corridor.

Small beams (smaller, thinner, and more delicate than drawn) will be suspended and used to create space in the corridors and communicate movement.

Inspiration for the above sketch was found in the following images from Pinterest:

 

 

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Arrival Charette

On Monday we had our arrival charette.  We picked the most significant arrival space in our building and sketched out 3 different ideas for that space.  Other arrival spaces would then be designed using similar ideas.  We were given 30 minutes to sketch each idea and 15 minutes to pick out finishes, colors, etc.
Sketch #1

This sketch was inspired by the following image from Pinterest:

The arrival space/ reception desk is located to the right of the elevator exit.  It is an open space with over 8 foot corridors.  The windows allow a lot of natural light to enter the space.  The circular element above the desk was inspired by the Pinterest Image.  The slats would allow daylight to flow through and into the space.  The screen behind the desk was intended to create privacy behind the desk but allow light to penetrate through.

Sketch #2

This sketch was inspired by these Pinterest Images:

The light coming through the screen and casting patterns on the surroundings inspired me to maximize on the use of the windows in my facility.  I felt that instead of shying away from the windows, it would be a challenge to incorporate them and use their light in the design to maximize one’s experience in the space.  Bringing the screen up to the ceiling and having it appear to be floating adds interest to the space and draws the user forward after exiting the elevators.

*The colors in this sketch are not accurate, but are what I had on hand at the time.  

Sketch #3

This sketch was inspired by the following images from Pinterest:

The design of the reception desk is curvilinear which flows into the partition wall that on the opposite sides provides banquet seating.  The two-tone curtains are inspired by the Pinterest image that has the walls painted two separate colors and has drapes that match those two separate colors.  Therefore, when the drapes are closed, the flow of the space communicated by the horizontal lines is not interrupted by solid color drapery.  The lighting over the elevators creates interest on the wall and draws people’s attention as they leave the space.

*The colors in this sketch are not accurate, but are what I had on hand at the time.  

The curvilinear desk attached to the partition wall just to the right of the elevator exit was the professor favorite.  It seems to work the best with the curves in the space and communicates the concept of movement well.

Thanks for reading!

JMC ❤

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Functional Block Plans

Our final plan was due on Wednesday, and it took 5 block plans (15 floor plan drawings) to finalize a floor plan that I am not only passionate about and LOVE, but one that will function the absolute best for the users.

The final plan takes multiple factors into consideration in its design.

  • Safety
  • Codes
  • Space planning
  • User’s experience

Level 3: First Floor of the Dance Academy [Mostly Private]

Level 4: Second Floor of the Dance Academy [Equally Public & Private]

Level 5: Third Floor of the Dance Academy [Mostly Public]

After the parti charette, the concept was implemented into multiple block floor plans to configure the best layout and space planning of the spaces.  Once the basic layout of spaces was determined, I was able to embellish the wall placement/shape/form, ultimately enhancing the user’s experience.

Challenges encountered during this process:

  • Windows EVERYWHERE!
  • If not windows, then doors to balcony’s
  • Multiple stairways to accommodate and create paths to and from
  • Existing electrical and equipment storage
  • Unique Architecture
Challenges were overcome with careful thought and multiple iterations until a unique, exciting,  & functional floor plan was developed!

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, they are photos of the drafted floor plans.  I will be scanning the originals soon and posting better images.

Give me feedback!!!

JMC ❤

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Parti Party?

In class on Monday we had a charette for a few hours to quickly ideate 3 floorplan partis.  Because my project has three floors, I was only able to fully produce 2 partis that communicated my projects concept.

To reiterate the concept of the project:

Unity is key in the dance academy’s facility and this will be done through implementing smaller concepts of movement and transparency.

The two sets of partis show not only the relationship within each floor, but  the relationship between all three floors.

Parti Sketches

The mostly public spaces are on the arriving floor (third).  The dance merchandise store, main waiting area, performance studio, and administrative offices are on this floor.  The purpose being that as dancers, dancers guardians, and other guests arrive, they would not have to go further than the first floor of the dance academy.

A mixture of public and private spaces are on the fourth floor.  This was done to communicate the concept of unity by bringing everyone together on the middle floor.  Waiting areas, dance studios, the cafe/lounge, and locker rooms are located on this level.

The fifth floor is mostly private housing other dance studios, the make up room, waiting areas, etc.  These spaces are located on the top floor making them the most private.

The first set of sketches show a hierarchy of paths which is not shown in the second set.  The space is not completely filled in the first set, however.  Also, the spaces in the first set differ from the second set in that they are mirrored.  What is on the third floor in the first is now on the fifth floor in the second.

Parti Sketches 2

The third floor in the second set of ideation sketches holds the most private spaces.  The third floor houses a medium size studio, a small studio, the locker room, makeup room, and viewing spaces.  A concern was brought up by a professor about privacy and how to manage that when dealing with the arrival space to each floor.  The arrival space will be an enclosed area that guests will travel through on each floor.  By doing this, it creates it’s own space separate from the dance academy which regulates pedestrian traffic.

The second floor of the academy (the fourth floor) holds the instructor offices, administration offices, conference room, medical training room, cafe/lounge area, a small studio, a medium studio, and viewing spaces.  This floor brings together public spaces from the fifth floor and private spaces from the third floor and becomes a communal area where the users can unite and enhance relationships.

The fifth floor holds the large performance studio where not only large practices take place, but also small performances can be done and watched.  It also holds a lobby/reception space, waiting area, apparel store and gift shop, and viewing areas.  A concern was brought up that it was awkward to have the apparel store on the third floor of the academy and whether that would be optimal for the users or not.  The stores main purpose is to provide a place for the dancers to purchase the required apparel and shoes for dance practices.  Having the store on site makes it easy for the parents or guardians to make a quick purchase right before or after class.  Having it on the third floor of the academy next to the large performance studio also allows small gift-like products to be sold for people to purchase who have come to watch a performance.

Now onto block plans which will be shown and discussed in my next post!

Thanks for reading!

JMC ❤

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