Sunday, May 10, 2009

the gamma installation was quick, yet purposeful. as a fourth year, i am grateful that i have had to opportunity to give back to the interior architecture department. i have learned and gained so much in four years and only hope that the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years can learn as much as i have. maybe i'll have the opportunity to teach students like myself, in the future.

Inside and out, Northern Guilford Middle School stands as a study of nature, where solid forms play against open spaces, stitching the space together, much like the experience of looking up into a tree and seeing the overlapping leaves and branches that weave into a seamless interior. This pattern enhances the linear corridor composition; the consistent ordering creates an underlying stability and predictability. The use of purple, green, orange, and gray, each representing a season, enhances the space by strategically adding color as a way finding technique. Each color band signals a classroom or other entrance from the hallway. The color bands also balance the horizontal emphasize of the long hallway. Color works on a smaller scale at each classroom entrance, where featured student work sits within a nook adjacent to the door. The student lockers provide another palette for color exploration, emulating leaves of trees. All in all the corridors become feeders to the adjacencies and act, as nutrients to ensure growth, much like a forest eco system. The resulting corridors feel balanced—yet stimulating and energetic—bringing students and nature into one system.

the connector hallway is just as important as the 6,7,8 grade hallways, my design intent is to create a communal atmosphere so that every student has the ability to know what the other grades are accomplishing.

color strategy for the 6,7, 8 grade hallways: purple spring; green summer; orange autumn, grey winter

making the stitch, seamless...