As you may have read, I am answering some questions for Scott in Virginia who is working on his Master’s Degree in Interior Design (wowsa!) I answered his questions via email, and was about to send him examples of drawings through the process of a project that he requested, when I though I would just post on it instead.
I have not had the opportunity to work on a hospitality project like this one I did for my Thesis Project a few years ago, so I chose it to document for Scott. Can you believe I still hold on to it? I just never felt more free in my life…being pushed to a high level of design, and without a budget!! I look back to my education as a wonderful experience in my life.
The project; well, you may recognize it by my header, which is a typical guest room at the Ucluth Lodge and Spa in Ucluelet, BC. It’s an adaptive re-use project, turning an old fish processing plant into a eco lodge and spa with water access.
The sketches really are different through the design process. You start with programming and gathering information, zoning and bubbling diagrams, space planning into materials, to detailing and all the time respecting the architecture and site. The following sketches reflect all of those phases of design. This would complete the design process, then you go on to Contract Documents, which are working drawings for the project. Working in 1/4 inch scale is best for interiors, and you should always work to scale; space is deceiving.
I kept a 3d model in SketchUp going along side the CAD plans to assess the spaces in 3d instantaneously, but earlier in the process, I did quick perspectives like most of the ones you see below. The last computer image is rendered with light in Photoshop.
We certainly have to love it to do it, don’t we? Dale over at the Hospitality Design Inspiration blog is blessed to do large scale hospitality work for a living…I am so envious.
Let me now bore you with the details so Scott can use this post for his project. I tried to keep it chronological. I used a block of newsprint to keep the process in order, now I am glad that I did.
In residential design, many times there is no budget for renderings, but quick small elevations and trace paper drawings in plan are the norm. I like to do a vignette rendering for a client anyway…as a gift. I think I am going to start doing front doors.
Now I am off to listen to Charlotte Moss over the the Skirted Roundtable…wow…those ladies are really getting the best of the best!!
Even know I love this last computer rendering…there is something more tactile and experiential with hand drawings.