01. "Noir" Coffee Shop

Welcome to my latest project "Noir", a coffee shop that does not currently exist as of yet. This space was a final project from a 12-week SketchUp class. A few requirements such as the wooden circular tables, the hardwood floor, and the brick wall gave me a challenge that I reluctantly but eventually accepted. Since this is only a concept, restrooms, a break-room/back room, and patio area were not to be determined at this time. I'll be explaining my methods in designing this space from start to finish, including the original sketch, floorplan, annotations, flow plan, and intention. Click "view" under details to learn how this space came about!

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Fall 2021

SketchUp and Enscape

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02. Circulation Model

Inspired by the Chinese Money Plant, this model displays a structure of floating discs leading to an opening on one side with a 4-inch step-down for an exit. There's a South-facing frontal approach with an offset recessed entry to create slight anticipation to the linear path intention. The linear path leads to a North-facing opening for fresh air with no exit, requiring a 90 degree turn to exit from the Southeast corner of the structure to encourage movement throughout the structure.

 

With an open concept on the East, this model was designed to let in plenty of light and fresh air evoking a cleansing and rejuvenating pass-by experience. Materials used in this model consisted of foam core, tracing paper, and matt board.

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Foam core and tracing paper

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03. Project Berkman

This was my second real world project, my fiance's studio apartment at The Berkman in Rochester, MN! In details article, I break down this process with complete transparency on what I did, how I did it, how much it cost, my fiance's values/desires for the space, and why we chose what we chose, including detailed images. Sadly, there was no floor plan or digital build on this project.

 

Good design to me and to  Noir & Neutrals is function and beauty; we can design the most beautiful space in the world, but if it doesn't meet the client's lifestyle or match their body movements, it's not a win in my book. Making sure every space and the implied threshold(s) is filled with intent, executed, and is in line with the client's specific needs are crucial. Click "view" under details to learn about this project.

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October 2021

Rochester, MN

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