Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Midterm Critiques



The past few days have been dedicated to getting ready for the midterm critiques provided by several local professionals. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dave Hewey about my project. We discussed several things about the technical side of a healthcare design that I was not exactly familiar with. I appreciated his feedback and my group's support with note taking during our discussion. I know the next few days will be filled with revamping the project to bring it up to speed but I feel these changes are going to make the project much more successful. Below are a few more renderings I have attempted in Revit or SketchUp. I will post more after I make the necessary changes.


Draft- Infusion Bays


Draft - Lobby Area with Juxtaform


Draft - Exam Room 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Revit and Rendering


  I decided to play around with the Revit rendering features tonight. I will get the hang of this program... and soon! Below is the sketch of the semi-private infusion bay and then the rendering.


Semi-Private Sketch

Revit + Photoshop Rendering (Low Draft Mode)

Public space charette

A quick look at the public space charette sketches. 



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Arrival Space Rendering (Draft with Photoshop)

Interior Design student + Insomnia = Project time

Here is what my lack of sleep has gotten me. I'm posting the arrival sketch from the charette as well to compare/contrast the color rendering. 

Arrival Charette Sketch 2.13.12

Rendering Draft with Photoshop + Revit  2.18.12


Time for some rest...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

If at first you don't succeed... Revisit the Space!

After Monday's arrival charette I felt as much as I have studied this space in 2D plan and tried to replicate the 3D space in a modeling program I still didn't have a good grasp of the space. Below are the 3 sketches that I produced (quickly- so be nice!) during our class charette.  So after looking at these sketches again I still felt I needed to really get inside this space and create a feeling that would truly enhance the concept. So to do this I made a quick decision.. I first called the NorthStar Partnering Group (who owns the building) then went for a tour of the lobby for a second time. It truly is amazing how different a space can feel in person than it does portrayed in plan or in Sketchup. I realized I have much less space in the arrival area than I had envisioned and that the roof plane is slanted towards the southside of the building. I look forward to revisiting the arrival space after these findings. We shall see what a difference a 10 minute revisit of the space will make!


More high tech look.


A view from behind the reception desk looking into the lobby.

Over indulge your senses lobby.

Feedback from a mentor

Last week I visited with Mr. Bo Ebbrecht, one of my mentors for this project. I am truly grateful for the amount of feedback he provided me regarding the plans I had brought with me. Below are the 3 levels of the space and the comments Mr. Ebbrecht made. I look forward to meeting with him again in the near future!
1st Floor

2nd Floor


3rd Floor



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Floorplan Options

Here are two options for the floor plan to date. I took the advice of my peers and professors and came up with a plan that I feel supports the concept and the goal treating patients in a different way. Tomorrow the codes officials come to visit our studio. I feel I have an open mind this week and am prepared for whatever critique comes the projects way. (Yes friends- this is an open invitation to give me your honest thoughts.) The project will be better for it and in the end the patients experience will be enhanced because of it.. I'm all ears!

In case you have not seen the concept board (a few posts ago) or understand where the project inspiration comes from here is a short statement about it. 

Healing is a blend of the powers of mind, body and medicine. Macro scale images encourage a sense of wonder at seeing the smallest miracles of nature and connect us spatially to the natural world. They can be a significant symbol for healing. They illustrate the beauty, power and importance of starting small and building toward the health of the whole being. This sequence of events is intended to move patients through the healthcare process smoothly ultimately leading to the goal of wellness. This is the inspiration for the concept of Wonderland.

Wonderland is an escape from reality. Our imagination is the only limit to all that can be achieved.  This concept can effectively help when a patient, family member or staff needs to change perspective to get a different result, evoke a new emotion, or create a better illusion of the day. This concept also helps to soften the orderly and structured environment that patients must accept when treating an illness.
Option 1

Option 2


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Partis and Block Plans


Parti diagramming is a crucial part of the design process. Creating viable solutions that work in conjunction with the concept was the goal this week. I found that I had a challenge when creating the parti within the space due to the separation of the 3 floors and having only one true option for the entrance. Below is a parti diagram and block diagram which I created over the last few days. Over the weekend I will be continuing to finalize the block plan and derive a functional plan from that.
Parti Diagram

Block Plan