Response to Group Work:
Today, Leah and I partnered with Kaytee and Toby to review our projects. So far, we have built the foundations of the project, and now we are schematic designing. With the aid of North Carolina Building Code, Site Analysis, and Conceptual exploration, the next step in the project is to analyze the spatial layout of the building. This step includes circulation and zone planning, spatial allocation, voids, and various other interior details.
Kaytee and Toby’s concept is ‘Note Bene.’ Latin for ‘note well,’ their interpretation of the CBI showroom is defined by a central focal point. A spiral staircase serves as the focal point of the space as well as a circulation statement. Platforms and walls provide zoning and separation for each function. When we met today, they were in the initial layout design of the space. They were experimenting with various floor plans, as well as furniture layout.
The first response we had to the design was the changing of the staircase. Leah and I felt placing the spiral staircase in the center of the space would promote and highlight the circulation and way finding. We then concluded that circulation could be the focal point that Toby and Kaytee wanted to emphasize. In turn, the space could radiate out, spatially determined by the various functions. In their initial design, they had platforms in the space. We thought that they should use platforms and wall heights to add layers to the building and further determine the spatial allocations. It would provide separation without unwanted privacy. Materials could also be used to determine way finding.
Where they are in their project, there is no doubt that Kaytee and Toby have an interesting and innovative concept and design. Both Leah and I are interested in seeing the progress.