The Railway Bar project – Step 2

15.05.2017

I worked on the creation of a bar in Cork, as I explained previously. In my final design, I kept all the features I had decided upon, with a bit more refinement : a copper suspension-sculpture, dark timber panels, grey walls and turquoise panels behind the bar. The overall aesthetic is quite dark due to the materials, however, the large windows and the suspended lights create spots of light around which people gather.

I used AutoCAD to draw the plans and the sections, and I partly rendered them with Photoshop. I also party rendered them by hand, and chose to keep the plans and a view in pencil to have a variety of techniques and more sober drawings, as the strong colours I used could have being too much present otherwise.

For my presentation, I also created a logo for the bar, using the suspension which evokes the beams. On the other hand, I created a model to show the bar and the materials I used, mostly timber, turquoise MDF panels and tiles, at a scale of 1:10.

Here are some of the final drawings, and the three boards I used to present them.

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Photoshop exhibition stand project – Step 2

10.05.2017

I already presented my first steps on Photoshop concerning Foscarini’s exhibition stand project : using the project I had achieved in studio, I complete another layout and worked over all my drawings with Photoshop in order to practice and improve my skills.

Less drawings were requires for this exercise and I chose to present them on an A0 format, or two A1 side by side. I created horizontal axis at the top and bottom to link them and I tried to link more the drawings between them and with the background,  especially by merging them into it. I completely changed the layout compared to the studio project in order to practice and show that I can create very different presentations with the same material.

I appreciated that project : working on something I had already finished for another module enabled me to see and understand how it could be improved or developed.

I already presented my first steps on Photoshop concerning Foscarini’s exhibition stand project : using the project I had achieved in studio, I complete another layout and worked over all my drawings with Photoshop in order to practice and improve my skills.

Less drawings were requires for this exercise and I chose to present them on an A0 format, or two A1 side by side. I created horizontal axis at the top and bottom to link them and I tried to link more the drawings between them and with the background,  especially by merging them into it. I completely changed the layout compared to the studio project in order to practice and show that I can create very different presentations with the same material.

I appreciated that project : working on something I had already finished for another module enabled me to see and understand how it could be improved or developed.

layout A0 v2

Office layout for Zazzle

26.04.2017

I worked on the creation of a plan layout for a young company’s, Zazzle, offices. The brief required different work spaces with a specified number of desks and seats, as well as meeting areas, managers’ offices and a rest space with a kitchen. The office was meant to accomodate 5 teams of 7 members, including the managers, as well as a CEO.

The building used the office was not very big to fit that amount of different working spaces. Indeed, the client also required, for example, a conference room able to fit in 25 people, which is both very important and rarely used. I therefore tried to meet the brief while proposing different, modular spaces which could be used for different activities.

I used curved furniture and created team desks fitting 4 people, as well as a larger manager’s desk with a meeting point. I did not want closed offices as the teams and the managers work together, but the different spaces and heights create more or less private and enclosed spaces. In addition, I used the curved partitions to create additional seating and work spaces different from the team’s desk in order to create variety and give choice to the employees. I placed these working spaces aligned close to the large window bays, in order to provide natural light to everyone.

I also used circular partitions to create meeting spaces in another spaces. These partitions are not fixed and can be elevated to create a large open area, and brought down on command to have smaller meeting spaces. The seats are curved and not fixed : there are a large number and they can be moved around to fit the meeting areas depending on the demand. When the circular partitions are up, a large space is left, and the seats can then be assembled to create a larger conference space. The back wall also is a blackboard, which enables people to write on it, work and brainstorm during meetings for example.

The kitchen fits a large dining table as well as a few high seating tables for coffee breaks. Part of the closest meeting area’s circular partition cannot be removed and create a fixed partition with the kitchen without needing to enclose it completely.

Zazzle plan

Photoshop exhibition stand project – Step 1

15.03.2017

For the main Photoshop project of this semester, I worked with the Foscarini’s exhibition stand project in order to create two new boards only using software, to practice and improve my skills.

I used the same drawings and perspectives, but I worked over them to render them. Indeed, for my studio project, I had rendered by hand every drawing and had only used Photoshop to include the perforated metal pattern to my sketches. I used this occasion to improve some sketches by adding details or background, and I can see a clear difference between the two methods. Though I enjoy hand rendering, I also feel some of the sketches are more powerful and have more impact using software.

I did every drawing separately, as I will display here : my next step is to create two boards and asociate all the drawings to explain my design. Here are a few of the sketches I already worked on.

Foscarini’s exhibition stand – Step 2

10.03.2017

For the final presentation of the exhibition stand project, I continued with the same concept I explained previously, with perforated black metal boxes to display lamps and meeting points on both floors, also displaying other lamps from the same collection.

The boxes, or display areas, are made of two panels of perforated metal in order to have enough strenght to support the first floor. In each of them, I display 3 collection lamps and on both floors, storage is included and hidden within the panels. The ground floor overall height is quite important in order to give a sense of space, and not of confinement, to the meeting areas : however, a lowered ceiling in the display areas makes them, in contrast, feel more enclosed and dark in order to emphasis on the lighting.

The double thickness also enabled me to insert the brand’s logo, Foscarini, between the two panels : bright red, it is still readable and is visible from both sides, though the patterns run above it. The seats are also red in order to hint at the brand’s colour, and there is a reception point where clients and visitors can be greeted.

I used Photoshop to create boards and insert the perforated metal pattern in my drawings. However, I rendered them all lightly by hand and photography does not make them justice. The model is very explicit and makes the design fairly understandable, as I showed the perforated metal pattern on one side of a box.

Coffee Dock – Photoshop

30.11.2016

In the previous project, I worked on the coffee dock. As I said, I gave a great attention to the details for this project. I especially created a devoted logo : I used the letter f to represent the design of the coffee, which you can see on the boards.

I originally presented my work on boards, as software was not allowed on this project. However, to develop my Photoshop skills, I used this project and created three presentation boards on it. I used my hand sketches and worked on them on Photoshop to render materials, especially glass and Corten steel, but also the lights for example. This is also when I created the logo and decided of the layout of my boards : I used this work for my paper presentation as well.

In addition to the plans, elevations, sections and 3D perspectives, I included concept sketches, a context map, pictures of the model and also materials and a design statement, to explain my concept.

B&B : Professional project

15.05.2016

It is the end of course project, which takes place at the end of the 2 year course and on which I worked for about 3 or 4 months.

I chose to work on a Bed&Breakfast because I wanted to work on private spaces but with a notion of exchanges, encounters. I often travel in the United Kingdom and visited a lot of Bed&Breakfasts : it is something I enjoy and I wanted to think about their architecture in a more in-depth manner. I chose to locate it in Strasbourg, which is very touristic in summer and winter, and to keep to two rooms and propose a high quality service in order to focus on a small architecture.

I used an existing house in a calm area of the city, but not far from the centre. In the garden, I created an extension : the middle point is the dining area but also where everyone meets. On either sides, the owners keep their house and the two bedrooms for the guest are opposite. The two sleeping areas, the owners’ house and the rooms, are on two levels whereas the common room is on one: I wanted to mark the difference but still link the two areas with a communicating space.

The continuity between them is visible, as well as the additions’ shape. The space is well organised and the stairs lead to the second room, which is on top of the first. I worked on the interior of the rooms in detail in order to create comfortable spaces for the visitors. In the basement, I also created a well-being point with sauna, SPA and seats.

Outside, the garden is well taken care of and, to go to the elevated ground floor, there are either steps or a very smooth path circling the garden, and also is a very agreeable walk.