Sunday, March 16, 2014

Interior Construction Elements Winter Term 2014

This term I decided to take an interiors course to test out whether I wanted a minor in interiors or not. We had two projects going on in the course, a wall/ceiling design, and a stairs design, both for the same cafe in downtown Eugene, Cafe Perugino (the two projects were separate so that the ceiling design did not have to take the stair design into account).

 Here is the final version of my stair design. The project required two basic sketches of alternative stairs and detail drawings along with the floor plan, an elevation and a section. This design was inspired by the Sticotti Residence stairs by architect Alejandro Sticotti (shown in the corner of my poster). I liked the modern, elegant look to the stair. I decided to used a metal framing, painted a cherry red to brighten the dim shop. The wooden treads are made of maple.
In this assignment I learned codes for handrails, head level heights, dimensions etc along with material choices and stair types.

This poster is my original design. Previously the stair would be made of metal and wood without the red color. I was critiqued on not including the wood type as well as the plausibility of the integrated lighting. Although the assignment allowed for designs that do not meet code, I did not specify where this design did not meet code (which would be at the handrail and open risers).

First vs second version:
I decided to include a maple handrail attached to the metal handrail in my second version. Often cylindrical wooden handrails are warmer and easier to grasp onto. I also decided to narrow the width of the metal railing and to insert glass between the balusters to simplify the stair, keeping it light in appearance. In my second design I also added a 1 1/2" nosing to the treads. Although this is usually applied for stairs with a closed riser (mine are open), I liked the fun detail it made.

Here is my ceiling/wall design. Again, I chose the cherry red to brighten the cafe. During this unit I learned a lot about the material choices, applications and connections for ceilings and walls. This ceiling defines the two areas of activity in the center of Cafe Perugino, that is, the bar and the seating area (we were given three zones to choose from: front, center, back). The bar is thus accentuated with a lifted ceiling, and the seating area enclosed by an angled ceiling. The bar hosts the most dynamic activity of the shop as workers busily make drinks and customers stand to order or look around the counter. Thus, this area aims to have a more open feeling. The most static areas of the shop, that is the seating areas, may feel more private and sheltered with the sloped ceiling. Both panels are hung so that the air ventilation systems, wiring and other fixtures may be hidden in the planum. Additionally, the beams of the ceiling panels are the same width as the structural beams of the shop and run directly parallel to the structural beams. This way, the structural beams do not interfere with the ceiling design by showing through the gaps of the panels.

The point at which the two panels come together directly correlate to the entrance of the cafe, thus the ceiling height difference defines the linear circulation path.  The walls will have a dark, textured wall covering (Maharam’s “Embark” High Performance Wall Covering in Pencil) to encourage the shop’s elegant atmosphere. In contrast, the base trim, chair rail and wooden ceiling panels will be painted in Miller Paints #1116, a bright cherry red to add a pop of color and play.