Ok, ok, so I guess I really needed a break because it has taken me FOREVER to get this online! But, with my brief winter class session over and a weekend to spare before we roll into the Spring Semester, I think it is finally time to share my Duplex design project! This is an existing building at 42 Walker Street in Tribecca, NY.
Basic overview of requirements:
1.) Truly unique client profile (4 person ‘family’, one in wheelchair)
2.) Unique stairwell element, to tie together two seperate floors of Duplex
3.) Design a wallpaper and partition panel (with Model)
4.) ADA accessible for all (2) floors of Duplex/aging in place
Client Profile Infographic, as found on my final presetnation board:
Nora (grandmother): suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s
Rae (Mother’s Girlfriend): Wheelchair bound
Sam (Son, formerly Samantha): Currently in Transition
Sera (Sam’s Mother): Recovering Alchoholic
“Labels are a convenient way to isolate each other in society. We pigeon-hole eachother’s personalities, compartmentalize our worth and therefore diminish all we are capable of. But we are all multi-faceted individuals, and we deserve more than that. I am not my gender. I am not my sexuality. I am not my disability. I am not my disease.”
The idea of shifting planes, uncertain footing and fragmented earth were intriguing. I centered my design concept around the prismatic nature of an iceberg. Not only are they constantly changing elementally from ice to fluid water, but 90% or their mass can be found beneath the surface, much like my clients.
(I have broken up my presentation board for a closeup look, forgive the choppy effect…)
My stairwell element was inspired by something my Dad created when I was a kid, a
LightOrgan that displayed colorful images when our stereo was playing, as you can see here!
My wallpaper design, which would have a metallic gold effect against the navy background in real life!
And my wall panel, set on a ceiling mounted track, seperates the kitchen from the dining room when entertaining:
Model Progress pics:
I had the screen lazer cut and glue the rpism pieces individually to create the desired 3-D effect. It wasn’t perfect, but I think you get the idea…
I spray painted my model gold because in real life wit would be made or Brass!
Some Lighting Elements:
Some Fabrics and Finishes:
Music Atrium, found on second floor, adjacent stairwell:
Master bedroom, Day and Night View:
And the Dining Room, with LightOrgan in background!
Well, thats my Duplex! Hope you liked it, now onto the next chapter in the crazy pursuit for a second career!