“LIVE COMPETITION BRIEF”

Brief; The 2014 IIDA SDC invited you to evolve the concept of the open office to offer employees’ a workplace that encourages health, well-being, collaboration and productivity.
To take into consideration, 30 members of staff spread through 6 departments and you need to include the 8 rooms listed online. The development is a 10,000 square foot office space.

INITIAL IDEA

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With this first initial design I wanted to experiment with different shape levels within the floor layout. These included a ground floor shed and roof too terrance garden. I thought that the roof top was a good idea as it could help the employees to relax a little more with some fresh air to de-stress.

FIDST ROOF TOP DESIGNS

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My design of the right is my favourite. It allows employees more opportunity to roam without a specific pathway. I have used brown in all of the designs I show optional vegetable patches with blue for a shallow pond too. With these designs they then inspired me for my next, scale drawings, to include stepping stones showing a path but still allowing freedom to walk off it.

FINAL FLOOR PLANS

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After completing my floor plan designs I then created all the walls and flooring base for my ground floor level. Once I had created all the walls to scale on Vectorworks I added in squared and rectangles of where I wanted the windows and doors to be.

FINAL 1:50 SCALE MODEL

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> I am really please with this final piece. I enjoyed working digitally and them creating a 3D final piece. Watching my model come to life excited me and has encouraged me to continue onto a degree in Interior Design and Architecture.
Although I enjoyed creating this piece if I was to repeat with further floors I would want to experiment with different glues to enhance the clean slick look of my model. I found that PVA took too long to dry and hot glue was too quick. When the hot glue dried too quick it also meant that the walls did not sit as close to the floor base as possible.
Since completing this model I have decided to create the next 2 levels and roof top terrace to make the full building I designed. I think this would be a good idea for the future when I need to display or show evidence of my work.

> (peer crit) It’s really good, I like how there is quite an open space between the three rooms to the left of the corridor. I also love the big windows! An area to improve on would be to add something to make it stand out from a normal layout, you could make the rooms on the left of the corridor bigger and change the long middle window- I don’t get it. Informed isn’t a window but a fish tank. Overall a well built mock up.

“LIGHTING”

Brief; Designers are usually asked to be creative and resourceful while embracing limitations; these could be due to the client, money or materials. Explore the ‘potentials of light’. You should consider surface finish and how this may affect the ‘quality of light produced’. The aim is to design a wall, pendant, table or floor lamp using a mains power light assembly.

FIRST DESIGN AND MAKE

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> I chose to create a prototype out of 8mm cardboard layered together to create about a 1 inch base. I used 4 layers of card. During making my light I came across many challenges, all be it simple. I managed to work out a way to make sure that all the wires were hidden making the finish of the light more clean and pristine. This also ensured it passed the PAT test.

REDESIGNING

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Over Christmas I had a think about my light and decided to redesign it. The first design I had showed the whole bulb and it glared out a little too much compared to what I was hoping for. Maybe I could have resolved this with a frosted bulb but I think then it wouldn’t give enough light.

FINAL LIGHT

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> (peer crit) What do you imaging the actual lighting product being made out of? Probably a form of acrylic, maybe a colour to add a glow to the room, different shades of one colour graduating up the lamp shade. How would you make it? I’d probably create the frame on Vectorworks since becoming familiar with it through the chair project. I’d make 80cm x 2.5cm strips to then attempt to bend the acrylic by heating at 40cm points. Could you use a different base as it is thick and currently out of a different thickness of card? Yes. I was restricted with the base due to my first design and because I didn’t have access to any more cardboard over Christmas. Although this was a restriction I do like that the base is thick, i managed to hide the light fittings creating a cleaner look. Could you play with the height of the external frame? Yeah, again I was restricted with the amount of card I had at home. I would ideally have it about 1.5 times the height (9 layers). I guess I could look at making it a floor to ceiling side/ ambient room lamp. It’d look nice but i’d have to choose a different light bulb, one in the shape of a tube only needing to be attached at one end. Could you let the frame be freely rotating to allow the owner to add or remove light depending on the task in hand? That’s a good idea, I hadn’t thought about that as I found it hard to find a solution myself to keep them stable. I like the way the wire is integrated into the base and this is definitely something that should be carried into the final make if you do one.