EPHEMER is a new type of hospitality, bringing together aspects of community and local businesses into sharable spaces between residents and visitors. The hotel strives to create awareness of the location and define what its like to live in the city- a place where permanence is temporary, by applying to user's momentary needs via deconstruction.
Sotheby's Satellite at Lever House
This is a collaborative group project, focusing on Hospitality. A group is assign a unique location and site with which they must consider activities, housing and programming as well as unique attributes of the country and local conditions.
This is a project by Veronika Avloshenko, Charlene Lam, Joyce Esquenazi, Kaycee Park, Zhiying Hu, Coco Zang, Ke Chen and Yang Xuezhou
Our hostel is traditional Chinese courtyard house, siheyuan, located near the Forbidden City in Beijing. These old neighborhoods have narrow alleyways, hutongs, which create an tight community and an intimate fabric. Our design seeks to be minimally intrusive to the existing building structure and blend into the neighborhood. We take inspiration from traditional Chinese architecture and furniture joinery, to introduce new constructions with allow relationships between new and old as well as movement, to create different boundaries defined by guests. We want the new constructions to feel as if it had always been there. We also take a look at one of Beijing's issues – water. Nearly 60% of China’s groundwater is hard water. Taking this into consideration, we want our project to encourage water conservation by incorporating grey water and filtering systems into our water based programs.
Some of the major changes that we bring is an introduction of a storefront facade with flippable seating in the laundry area which is also open to the public and the neighbors.
When picking a fashion designer to propose a lighting design for a boutique, I immediately thought of Valentin Yudashkin. I was really captivated by the contrast and linery of his designs. There was something organic, yet mythical about them. The collections share similar feelings as fairy tales, fables and magical. It has a sense of elegance and a bond between man and nature. Pattern and Reflection. By eliminating some of the textural elements and color while focusing and varying light and shadow, the dramatic theatre effect is still present, yet the attention immediately falls towards the clothing.
The space would have reflective surfaces, to allow gradual transfer of light, while the overall interior and furniture are minimalistic, making the collection its emphasis. The boutique would have a clean, dark and elegant look. The partitions are to be outlined and patterned with traditional design, hinting on the inspirations for collections and lit up from the ceiling, bringing a warm, soft glow which can be adjusted to fit every season.
The experience that I’m trying to achieve with light is rather dramatic, in reference to theater and expense as well as accents, pointing and emphasizing the collection and cultural aspects. The light serves as a guide for the eye, moving through the dark forrest. The goal is to cause curiosity and focus strictly on the product, minimizing distractions through light and interior.
Yudashkin’s fashion incorporates traditional Russian elements while being inspired by aspects of nature. He’s really heavy on the pattern and use of crisp curve element
His designs reflect his theatrical education, referencing such things as ballet, costumes, fables, faberge eggs and complex organic structures (such as snowflakes, vines, etc.)
The idea behind the design is to create a ruin/maze like space, dissolving idea of ground and furniture where De Vera’s collection can be displayed.
There is no doors, but partitions which also display collected items and paintings where visitors and residents can explore and create own path.
Such design stimulates curiousy in the space and collections– its unifued.
Rather than the unit be completely controlled by De Vera or the other way around, both mutually compliment each other.
Materialistically, there is dark wood throughout the entire apartment, emphasizing the wood grain, blending furniture, doors and partitions and dark blue walls which help the collected art and pieces become scattered accents.
The goal is to create an interior where teens could express themselves as well as interact with it, which would stimulate them to explore and use the library to it’s full potential. It should be a space where they would feel comfortable and free while fulfilling all current interests and needs.
The two main emotions that surround the project are protection/barrier and comfort. Those feelings would motivate curiosity, creating an adventurous and playful experience
custom rotating shelves
A building with clear display boxes, reflecting the sun’s rays on the facade, invites passerby’s into Housing Works store. Inside, the bright illumination of the sun enters through the glass columns with messages and community involvement inscribed on the surface. Transparent shelves are imbedded in the spaces in between with services. Each floor seems to mirror and repeat, becoming more specific formation and engaging. On first floor; general clothing, buy the bag on the second and dressing rooms/waiting on third. Elements resemble and follow a sequential pattern while each floor conveys information building a stronger community of supporters.
Wandering through the whiteness of the airport halls, bright linearly organized interior directs her towards Chipotle, giving o a welcoming, urban feeling through the reflective surfaces in the kitchen, and warm deep red marmoleum. Passing by the seats and tables which look as if embedded into the wall, covered by smooth, so strips running throughoutthe interior : from wall, to door, to ceiling. She walks towards the cashiers as the stripes guide her, creating a unifed ow. Taking a seat, she tucks her suitcase underneath the stool in the individualized table, enjoying a quick meal before going on a plane.
Although heavily populated and always busy, the main cafeteria dining space is often complained about. Students just don't feel so welcomed in a tile, cold metal and mustard gray space. Through brighter colors, warmer textures and heavier natural elements the design of student and teacher dining areas would feel more exciting, unique and reflect the expression and identity of Pratt Institute
Using an existing room, (4th floor of the Main Building) the task is to convert into a live/work space for a visiting professor while taking into consideration site conditions and structural details. After recording and analyzing the space and the client, determine associations that relate to their instrument, work or collection. Propose a conventional design, keeping in mind that the building will continue to operate as it currently does and concept of permanence/limited and professional/private needs of the client.
The hallway between Pratt Studios and Steuben has a window that overlooks the Starbucks that is not being used to its full potential due to being placed at an angle that blocks the light, therefore making that space rather dark. Inspired by the image of Mary, the Twelve Apostles and the Holy Ghost, which mirrors the interior, a concept for a new space is developed. Just like the environment, the work is framed in a rectangular frame, while traveling rays of light give off the angular effect. The concept was to directly transfer painting’s elements into the hallway and push the sun rays to illuminate the dark sides as well as to create color combinations