Summer Show Display

Unfortunately due to Covid- 19 the Interior Design summer show was canceled. So as apart of my submission for our final deadline, which would have been in the form of the summer show, but now will all be digital I have got creative with still producing.

  1. Exposure

I wanted my exposure project to be the main element of my display, it is the project I am the proudest of, I also believe that it shows who I am as a designer. This display included a poster 1600 x 1900, a detailed book on all the research done through the project, and a scale model.

Poster:

Exposure - 1600 x 1900 poster (Jaisy Davies)

2. Perform

Perform was the first project that I completed this year, again I am very proud of what I produced, so I still wanted a poster to be apart of my display, this one sits at 1600 x 500, it is accompanied by a detailed book of research completed throughout the project and a scale model.

Poster:

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3. About me

Also on my display, I am going to add my personal statement and CV, this was so possible employers and visitors of the show know who I am and a little bit about me and who I am as a designer. I have also produced an A5 portfolio of all the work I have produced since being in CSAD, these hand-folded booklets, and there to be taken by whoever may want one, with a business card tucked inside; this is to show some other pieces of work which I am proud of but have not gone on display. There is also the information inside where my work can be found in more detail and how I can be contacted.

4. Dissertation

I wanted my dissertation on display as I am very proud of what I achieved through my research. Not that at the show people will be able to take the time to read it, but it may interest some enough to read later on, online.

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5. Exhibition

I created a digital render of what I had planned to display at the summer show, putting every mentioned above together.

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How Constellation has Influenced my Project – Exposure

Constellation this year comes under my dissertation. I researched how spaces can influence how we feel and perform in space, highlighting the importance of design; for my dissertation. Never really enjoying research and essay writing before I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed my dissertation.

I found that my new found passion for research hugely influenced my final ID project ‘Exposure’. I went into this project with the same mindset that I did with my dissertation, researching different elements of the project, really understating them and referencing them. Through this project I had an ongoing document which I continually added to and referenced back to; this included details on materials, building regulation I had to pay particular attention to and other project which I have looked into which have influenced the project in some way. For the majority of the project I was treating these designs as a research project, alongside fulfilling the requirements for the interior design course. It made me realise that this is what I want to do through any project, and hopefully if I can carry on through to a postgraduate course, I will take an interior design/ architect project and treat it as an research project and really understand what is going into my project, the greater impact that the materials that I am using have and if my work really does help to solve a problem.

Constellation this year comes under my dissertation. I research … for my dissertation. Never really enjoying research and essay writing before I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed my dissertation.

I found that my new found passion for research hugely influenced my final ID project ‘Exposure’. I went into this project with the same mindset that I did with my dissertation, researching different elements of the project, really understating them and referencing them. Through this project I had an ongoing document which I continually added to and referenced back to; this included details on materials, building regulation I had to pay particular attention to and other project which I have looked into which have influenced the project in some way. For the majority of the project I was treating these designs as a research project, alongside fulfilling the requirements for the interior design course. It made me realise that this is what I want to do through any project, and hopefully if I can carry on through to a postgraduate course, I will take an interior design/ architect project and treat it as an research project and really understand what is going into my project, the greater impact that the materials that I am using have and if my work really does help to solve a problem.

Exposure – Reflection

The brief for this project was open, allowing me to create my own brief and project to leave university with. I wanted to create something that would help to solve a problem in the world, and that I would feel passionate about. I decided to create floating tiny homes.

I struggled to find a host building, that already existed and was floating. Ideally, I would have liked to create my own building. Throughout the process the project developed from designing one tiny floating home, to four homes that suit a range of client’s groups which I created. This then grew into also designing three extensions, to allow the homes to grow and adapt along with life. I also added an extension externally to all the homes, a platform that floats around the existing building, to allow outdoor space for the home owners, and maintenance to the outside of the building.

The way that the project that progressed it was heading into more of an architect’s project, I was focusing on how the buildings fitted together and how it worked as a village rather than the interiors of each home. Realising this made me focus on how each interior worked, change and adapt between the different homes. I worked a lot harder to complete the interior side of the project so that I could also work the architectural side and present it as a whole.

The interior design side of the project involved design a general theme that would run through all the homes, such as using bamboo and a storage unit that contained all the essentials for a home. I also added elements such as chairs and sofas that hang from the ceiling using thick rope (to give connotations with tradition décor of boats, and a sense of floating as the building is). Themes such as grey ran through the building, any fabric surface such as cushions, bedding and the covers of the sofa were in a dark grey colour. This is a neutral modern sophisticated colour, which I believed fitted the aesthetics of the homes.

I did not include decorative details such as picture frames as I wanted the homes to be a blank canvas that whoever brought the home could take ownership of. Some of the renders used in my final presentation do include plants and book, however this is to show that certain spaces could still be utilised.

The architectural side of the project was completed at the end, where I had completed the interior side and I was happy with the outcome. This side of the project involved how all the homes fitted together as a village. This allowing me to create a ‘community’ within the village designing different activities such as a green house, community hall and bike and kayak renting buildings, and make them fit into the host building. This part of the project felt very important to me as it I believe that it makes the village a desirable place to live and these extras help to sell the interiors more.

I found this project really enjoyable; it has been my favourite project to date. I really believe that it has potential and could be carry through and help solve a number of problems in the current world. I struggled with working within the parameters of a host building, and ideally, I would have likes to design my own building.

I struggled with the amount due to having to make sketch up models, renders, plans, sections and axos for every building and different configuration that I had made (which was 7). I found this very repetitive and struggled to keep on top of things, and due to the amount, I feel that I could revise my drawings again as they could be more accurate and possibly rushed.

Covid 19 – I don’t really feel that this has affected my work, I did enjoy being able to get on with things from my own home. I was able to download all programmes that I needed with the help of Charlie. The only technical problem I came across was my glass not rendering as transparent, but a solid blue colour. I was also not able to create the model that I wanted for this project as I did plan to laser cut the materials, however I do enjoy making things by hand.

I really enjoyed the project, I am proud of what I have produced and hope to carry on this project through a masters degree next year, starting with the general concept and working from the bottom up.

 

Exposure – Model

As a part of my project, I have created a model to demonstrate certain elements of my design. I have chosen to make a specific section of the interiors, the storage unit which is situated in the studio home, the unit is also seen in every home but slightly different variations. I have chosen to make this as it is an element of the interiors that I designed, and shows how the homes function. I made this model to a 1:20 scale. This model is made from hand-cut thick grey card.

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I also made a 1:100 scale model of the different extensions that the I have created to adapt the homes to develop as a family grows or a person needs change. These are made from hand cut thick grey card, painted white.

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Exposure – Communication Review

Communication Review

Our final communication review of the course was a little different from usual. Due to the covid19 situation, we had our last review through a program called Microsoft Teams. We video chatted with all of our tutors in groups and presented our work through sharing our screens, which we had all created presentations to show our progress. In a difficult situation, I felt that it was very successful.

In my presentation, I first started by introducing the brief that I had set myself, and the clients that I have designed the homes for.

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Next, I referred to my host building and showed the existing structure created my Alan Gillard and Associates, which currently sits as an office in Cardiff Bay Marina.

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I then talked about my sun path, as my homes are nomadic I decided the best position for my homes to be in, and choose the location in Cardiff Bay accordingly.

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My presentation then moved on to talk about each client group, showing floor plans. and rendered images of each model.

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Next, I demonstrated three alternatives on how the homes can change and grow, to grow with family life. This demonstrated that these are homes for life, and can be adapted to fit any family lifestyle.

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I then carried on to explain the larger concept of these designs and how they all come together to form the floatable lifestyle village.

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I am pleased with how my project has come along so far. There is still a lot of work to be done, the images need to be tidied up and the lighting needs to be altered. Ensure that all my floorplans are technically correct and label them correctly, which I have not done here. There were also some health and safety problems pointed out throughout my presentation, which I will change in the coming weeks.

Exposure- Scheme Review

My design has developed into a solid scheme for each home and each client group. I have also decided on how to show that these homes will develop; this is through a range of configurations of the homes.

Materials:

  • Bamboo Wood

I have decided to cover the interiors of each home in bamboo wood (floors, walls, ceilings). The consistency in color and texture throughout the homes will create an illusion that the space is bigger than it is. This is because there is no break in color. I have chosen to use bamboo as is it a sustainable material, it grows fast, it is light in color and weight, and is extremely hardwearing. Although it is expensive to transport and make into sheets of wood, once brought it will last a lifetime.

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  • Glass

I have also chosen to use glass throughout the design, as a small barrier on the mezzanine floor and around the edge of the platform. This will be recycled glass, made by Dr Tara Oseng- Rees, which is a sheet of glass created by smashing old used bottles and melting them into sheets. This glass does not appear completely clear and you can still see the cracks the pieces of the bottles. This will be ideal for this project as it will allow a little privacy but still allow the natural light to flow through the building.

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Commodities: 

  • Solar Panels

The solar panel allows the homes to collect solar energy to help power electricity within the homes. Solar panel installations (sometimes referred to as photovoltaic installations) are pretty much maintenance-free. So, once they are installed, they’ll generate electricity for years without any additional investment or maintenance cost.

  • Wind Turbine

The location of these homes generates a lot of wind, a wind turbine will allow the homes to use this energy and power electricity within their home. The wind is both a renewable and sustainable resource. Unlike reserves of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, and gas) it will never run out. This makes wind turbines a viable option in helping to meet our future energy demands. Wind energy is one of the most environmentally friendly energy sources known to man. This is based on the simple fact that wind turbines don’t create pollution whilst generating electricity

  • Electric radiator

As most the energy for the house is going to be generated through renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines, these homes will need an electric heating system. Each home will be fitted with one electric radiator, as they are small spaces and will not require more than this.

  • Electric boiler

An electric system also requires a small boiler, which will be contained in the storage unit of the house. This will power the radiator and the taps.

  • Water Tank

A water tank will have to be a part of every home, to allow clean drinking water, water to wash, fill the toilet and cook with. These tanks will filter water from the sea straight to the home.

To show that these are lifetime homes, I need to show how they will develop and grow as life does. To do this I have come up with a range of solutions. These solutions involve attaching two homes together with a corridor, internally these are reconfigured to adapt to the style of living. Also an alternative, rather than having to but a whole new home, you could buy a small box attachment with just includes one bedroom.

Apart from practical, I aim to make these homes a desirable place to live. I will be adding elements into the homes that make them fun and exciting, e.g. a climbing wall in the family home.

Sketch Book Drawings:

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Exposure- Concept Crit

Host Building Anaylsis.

The host building currently sits in Cardiff Bay Marina as a floating office, known as Quay Pad. (Alan Gillard Associates, 2015.) I am going to change and adapt the existing structure depending on the client group I am designing for. The structural changes I will make will apply to the designs that involve a bedroom on the first floor. I will be creating a 1500mm extension up, to create a ‘sitting’ height bedroom. The shell of the building will then extend with this, to keep the original look designed by Gillard Architects (Alan Gillard Associates, 2015.) but taller. I will also be adding a floating structure (Perebo Schwimm Systeme. 2018.) around the home, to allow people to be able to walk around their house for cleaning, but also to create a small outdoor space, which could be utilized into a garden, sitting area or room for a small shed. This platform will also help to support the home with its new extension and keep it buoyant. Internally I will not be making any structural changes, due to it being a small area and no columns or other obstacles to work around. The only small change I will be making will be to add a ramp into some of the homes, depending on the client; as half the building drops by 300mm, creating a small step.

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As portable homes, they could be put anywhere in the world, with a body of water. I will be keeping my intended ‘village’ in the Cardiff Bay Marina, where the existing building currently stands. The sun path changes on where I place each home. I will be aware not to put the sun path directly into the large glass side of the homes, but over the top, as the water beneath the homes will reflect light into the interiors.

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‘Perform’- Reflection

The Perform project has been personally one of my favourite projects throughout the three years. I pushed myself to constantly be working on this project and to know every detail of my scheme. I also wanted to create all the elements myself so I had really strong sense of ownership over the space.

I decided that I was going to create a sushi restaurant, very early on in the design process and certain elements of the design too such as a large conveyer belt, and the wood throughout the building to keep it simple, and throughout these didn’t change. The main changes and adaptions that I made were to technically get items of my design to work; such as the conveyer belt travelling across the first and second floor. It is very challenging to figure out how this would work, how it keep it aesthetically in keeping with the rest of my design.

Throughout the design I also challenged myself to create the best possible outcome at every point to demonstrate my scheme. To achieve this I used all the facilities available to me, and spent time learning new programmes such as; V-Ray which I have always struggled with before, Auto-CAD and using the PEL Space. Utilising these facilities helped me to demonstrate my project to a much better standard than I have ever been able to before. I wish I had used these last year so that my skills using them would have been more refined this year and my projects would have developed further.

Since presenting I have made small alterations to my presentation, such as more description into what the performance is. More host building analysis, refined some of my keys moves, added materials, and made some technical alterations on my floor plans such as line weight and scale. I also worked on my Section and Axonometric also refining the line weights and scale using AutoCAD. I also added images of my model as I forgot to do this when presenting, and images of my render in the PEL Space. I feel that these alterations has really helped to define my presentation and made some elements a lot clearer.

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Overall I am very happy with my presentation, I really committed myself to the project and feel the outcome has reflected that. There are small elements that I will revisit to refine. But, I believe that this project has not only pushed my boundaries as a designer but also allowed me to see what I am capable of if I push myself.

‘PEL’ Space

To bring my ‘Perform’ design to life, I projected an image into a PEL (Perceptual Experience Lab) space, this allows myself and others to see the design come to life and experience the space in a 1:1 scale in virtual reality. I decided to use what I believe to be the most powerful image of my presentation which is of the ground floor.

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I had to adjust the image to 5280px- 1980px for the image to fit onto the screen. This involved re-rendering the image on V-Ray to this size.

The Result: 

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Short video which show the image in the PEL Space with added sounds, experimenting with the opportunities that the PEL Space holds. The video is not the best quality however it demonstrates the effects that can be added to an image to bring the sense of reality to an image.

Having access to a space such as this really allows me to bring my deign to life. The opportunities that the PEL Space holds is endless. Using it alongside this project has allowed me to see what it can do and what I want to use it for in my next project.

When working with others and experiencing their work in the same space I realise what made their work stand out compare to mine. The main point was that they both gave enough floor space at the front of the image for the perspective of where we were stood to seem ‘real’.

Experiencing what others can do with the space has made me more ambitious to use the space more and to its potential, including videos, and sounds to create an immersive user experience.

The work featured above is the work of:

Eleonora Piga- ‘The Red Room’  -Elleinteriordesignblog.wordpress.com

Jarret Williams- ‘Omega’  -jwinteriordesign@wordpress.com

 

Example of what can be done:

In the video above is demonstrated the use of animation in the space, the main point I have taken from this is that the use of sound and movement brings a more immersive experience then an image ever could. I aim to be able to add some of these elements into my next design.

Although extremely happy with the PEL experience, I realise when rendering my images for the space that I need to take into consideration the space between the beginning of the image and the floor. My Sushi bar starts at floor level in these images need a cylinder output, so that the reality of standing in the space is translated as reality. This will involve a lot more work, however to develop this for my next project would really bring a sense of how I imagine a space to feel to others standing in space.

Communication

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To complete the ‘communication’ section of the perform project, it entails bringing all the design material from the concept and scheme reviews together to present the final outcome of the design.

The presentation started with host building analysis. Showing how my scheme would fit into the surrounding area and how the sun path moves over the building. The sun path was important to show as it influenced my first key move. I used SketchUp to create the images shown of Church Street. These were un-rendered, and demonstrated the information clearly.

I presented my design through an presentation. In this I thoroughly explained each key move as I am aware that in the past I haven’t fully explained what I have done to the host building and why. I demonstrated this through un-rendered SketchUp images, highlighting the element I was explaining.

I then used Auto CAD to develop a range of floor plans, a section and an Axonometric. Which demonstrate the detail on each floor and give a wider overview of what happens on each floor. Developing these further before the deadline, I need to consider, scale, and line weight within my floor plans. I also need to take perspective off my axonometric.

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I created my visuals on SketchUp and rendered them through V- ray. Lighting was very important part of my scheme, it really helped to deliver the mood and atmosphere throughout the building.

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Although happy my presentation I know that certain elements could have been stronger and I will develop these before the deadline in two weeks time. I feel that my Auto CAD work was rushed towards the end as I was still learning the programme. I was pleased with how developed my design was, I knew all elements of the design and had considered where each mechanism would go and how it would work, which is something I have never done before. I was also extremely happy with how my final rendered images came through as I had used the extension V-ray which I struggled with a lot in previous projects.

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