Thursday, September 16, 2010

some more ideas...

Graphically in the space I want to use an abstract image inspired by trees in the forest. This can be used on all surfaces and also be a way finding device. I want it to made of cork or similar materials to create a change in texture. Tina suggested that it could become more 3D and possibly used for spaces people can sit on/crawl into. These images also show what I'm thinking for a color scheme. I want soft and neutral greens, browns, and blues/violets.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Peer Evaluation

Greg Hickman

Greg has really considered the users of this space and how the current design does not support them physically or emotionally. He points out that the hospital seems more like a child friendly prison. With this idea in mind, he wants to bring the idea of exploration as a child into the concept of his project. I would like to see more sketches and drawings exploring his concept and how it will work in the space.

When it comes to materials and colors he wants to warm the space up and make it more comfortable. Making it a more homelike environment is important in his concept idea, and the CMU walls that are currently in the space do not help with that kind of aesthetic. He wants to incorporate more natural light into the space by having larger windows, but I’m not sure installing new windows is feasible for the hospital. But I think it’s important at this point to “dream big” and then bring our ideas to a smaller scale.

Shape and form is something I’m very interested in learning about with Greg’s project. So far he has the idea of introducing curvilinear forms that contour to the body, presumably for furniture pieces. I’d like to see if these forms are going to be used for walls, floors, or ceilings.

Brittany Stiles

Brittany has chosen “Growth” as a concept for her design of Central Regional Hospital. She’s done a great job of relating this concept to the needs of the users of this space. The children and adolescents of the space have possibly been stunted in their psychological health and they need to push out of this place and move on.

So far she plans to show growth through forms and shapes that expand and contract. I would like to see more exploration of colors and how that will fit in with the concept and the needs of the patients. More sketches of the space and how it’s divided up would help me understand her ideas better. The bubble diagram helps me get a better understanding of how the spaces relate to each other, but an image with the plan and proposed designs would help even more.

I really like the fact that Brittany has thought about what actual activities the kids will be doing in the spaces. She knows that they need stimulation so that staff can understand how the kids are doing. It would be great if she can discover those activities and cater the design to them. She has also considered the users with her custom idea for the reception desk. It is transparent to allow clear visualization but it also has different heights to accommodate small children.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Schematic design

Here are some drawings from my sketchbook exploring the schematic design for the Central Regional Hospital. I want to incorporate materials and colors that evoke the natural environment of the forest. I'm using panels on the ceiling to divide spaces. I want to further this idea to the walls.

Concept: Central Regional Hospital

My concept relates to the organization and systems found in the forest, something I thought was relevant to the Central Regional Hospital. The site for the hospital contains lots of wooded areas and I want to bring that to the interiors. When studying what environmental effects are good for psychiatric hospital patients, nature and light were repeatedly mentioned. The natural environment of a forest will bring in both of these aspects.

The ideas of layering and protective vs. open areas in a forest relate to the spaces needed in the CRH. For example, in the large group room, the staff want to have smaller spaces in order to have smaller groups of patients. I want to use layers of vertical and horizontal planes in the space to divide it up. This concept also inspires different ceiling heights, which would create more intimate spaces that patients would feel more comfortable in.

Some inspiration photos:

Quick drawings done relating to the density of materials in the forest and the floor plan in each ward:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Precedent study

Sketch and diagram done for this study.

The blue area is for 3-7 year olds, yellow for 13-17 year olds, and green for 7-13.