This morning we were assigned a class critique to attend. I started with the Tina's third year studio. They were presenting two different projects. The first one was a redesign of a Central Regional Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Butner NC. The second one was a historic building in downtown Durham NC, 106 West Parrish Street. This building would be turned into a wine bar by night, wine shop by day, and contain residential units above.
Tina started by explaining the two projects and then let the designers take over. Everyone presented their projects and spoke a little bit about their inspiration and process. I wish they had gone into more detail about their selections and reasoning behind design choices they made. I know that they must have had oodles and oodles of reasoning behind everything. After the presentations were over I asked Tina if they had any specific constraints or requirements to work within. She explained that the basic shells had to stay the same. The main areas in which they were working were a Boys wing, Girls wing, adolescent wing, family room, and Activity room.
The greatest challenge that I saw was adapting the space to a child or adolescent scale. Making it more comfortable and familiar to the patients. The space needs to function as a home away from home that envelops and helps them change and grow, rather than be stark and scary. Some of the plans were more successful at completely changing the way the space felt, while others focused on making a much more calming environment.
|Stoel and Tina explaining the general concepts for us.|
The second project that was presented was for a wine bar/shop/residential building in downtown Durham NC. Here the designers had to work within the historic parameters set up by the city and a very dilapidated building that had been a crack house. The clients had asked for a comfortable space that was not intimidating to anyone. A place that was warm and homelike where everyone in the neighborhood would want to gather. They want to name the wine bar/shop The Horn.
|O'boyle and Wright presented a Cornucopia, based on the cornucopia being a horn. A nice abstraction I thought. I enjoyed their use of wood and the ways it was used as a design feature in contrast to some of the more modern elements of the design.|
|Smith-Dean-Loloci presented The Horn. Their concept Integrated the Wine bar and the residential spaces in a very unique and fun way using a central light shaft.|