After a long absence, I am finally back! I had a very busy month working in the showroom of Bemz (still learning a lot there too) and putting together my first KLC project for the Foundation Degree in Interior Design.
I thought that there might be many others interested to know what we generally study at a Degree in Interior Design, therefore I thought to write a blog post slightly different that the previous ones, where I used to inspire my readers with decorating tips. A little deviation towards something more personal, I thought it could help you to understand my skills and development as interior designer, and how they could be useful for your home too.
Let's discover then the very first project I just completed: the pavilion design.
A pavilion design can be a temporary or permanent architectural construction, usually conceived as an open or close space. It usually serves as exhibition space, shelter, for entertainment, for education, for marketing or to engage with the community. The purpose usually depends on the event or the location. There are many successful examples of pavilions, such us The Serpentine's pavilions in London, Biennale of Architecture in Venice and more.
The Serpetine's pavilion by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, London 2019
Spanish pavilion by architects Carnicero + Quintans, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016
Our brief was to create a pavilion in a preferred location and a specific design idea that would answer a key question. My location chosen was: The Royal Garden in Stockholm in the city centre. I've chosen this location because it is very central therefore allowing many visitors to the pavilion. The question I wanted to answer to is: How can contemporary design enhance our well-being in a chaotic city? The inspiration was laterally from this square which is a very busy point of the city, with lots of people passing by quickly. I thought the square is lacking a warm shield where people could relax while out strolling or shopping in the city.
The Royal Garden in Stockholm
The Fountain of Wolodarski
The location in central Stockholm
Once, we found the location and having conducted our research, it was time to start thinking about our mood board for the project, that would visually communicate our design idea and atmosphere. My aim was to provide a warm shelter for the visitors during the cold Nordic winter in a calming and relaxing place, where they can recharge and unwind. A pavilion that will allow also the opportunity to admire the beautiful royal garden, that too often local people forget.
Mood board pavilion design
Once the mood board was finalized, we moved on to the abstract models and started creating little models using the key words of our design. Mine were: organic, earthy and intimate. The latter was what inspired my design into an organic shape. To make the models, I used very light materials such as: tracing paper, paper, toothpicks and foam board for the base. It was a very fun experiment. From the models we made afterwords some quick hand sketches to start visualizing the space with scale figures.
Abstract models & hand sketches
The assignment included also a more technical part with hand sketches of the floor plan, section and elevation of the pavilion in scale 1:100. This is absolutely my favorite part in any project. I love being precise, thinking in 2D and adding all the details according the technical drawing convention. It takes time to master this part, as we need to follow many rules and draw in scale. The curve shape of my pavilion was very challenging and didn't make the sketches easy to draw.
Hand sketched floor plan
Hand sketched section and elevation
Finally, we were asked to present a scale model showing our final design. To make the model, I used a cardboard that had the lovely timber colour like my pavilion, a plastic bottle to do the windows and straws to make the pillars. This is my least favourite part, it requires so much patience when cutting and gluing all the parts. We were also asked to think about materials for the structure and analyse their characteristics and components. I've chosen timber from pine trees for the exterior walls and the rooftop for a natural feeling, cork for the interior walls to insulate the pavilion from external noise and copper in a smooth finish for the ceiling, to reflect natural light.
I definitely learned a lot through this project, designing a public space for a community is always challenging as there are lots of considerations regarding demographics, location and flow to take on board. I am pleased with my result, I think I delivered to the community of Stockholm a nice shelter where visitors can relax and enjoy the view of the Royal Garden.
If you are keen to see the final design presentation, you can download the PDF here below. For any question regarding my project, my degree course or anything I can help you with your home, do not hesitate to get in touch and leave a comment. I will soon be back with more tips for your home, after a well deserved break from pavilions.