Commercial: community center
The goal of Solar Connections was to create a farmhouse that concentrates on environmental sustainability by utilizing the sun and natural elements for cleansing and warmth. As the sun creates life that sustains both the human body as well as other plants and animals, the sun also provides a source of energy for all living things, as well as the building. The design encapsulates photosynthetic life.
Residential: single family home
The goal of Nestled Ignation was to create a housing unit that focuses on the natural wonders of Zimbabwe’s igneous balancing rocks and the physics behind this phenomenon. While concentrating on the use of South Africa’s local materials and rich deposits, and the bright colors of San Francisco’s geography and architecture, the space was designed to inspire adventure and spark imagination.
Hospitality: HOTEL and venue
Electric Sky Hotel encapsulates all that is whimsical, imaginative, interactive and inspirational about the electronic music festival EDC, while concentrating on the continuous use of sacred geometry, color theory, light, and the use of hand-picked energy-altering gemstones throughout the space. The Vesica Piscis is conceptually visible to the interactive user as the space is experienced.
HOSPITALITY: wine bar
Matopeolan’s project development began by studying the definition of “universal beauty” and buildings that are considered to be universally beautiful. The two buildings that I found most inspiring, and both considered to be universally beautiful, were the Hagia Sophia and Barcelona Pavillion. Reflection, space, and time are all elements shared between the two buildings. This is where the concept developed: a wine bar that demonstrates the exercise of light and reflectivity.
HOSPITALITY: small plates
Decorflay’s conceptual development began by researching the Canary Island Date Palm. What I found the most interesting about the palm tree is the way the layers peel back over time, but do not fall off. This was the conceptual inspiration for the design. In the design, you will see structural and furniture pieces that not only appear to peel back from the walls, floors, and ceiling, but additionally, physically represent the verb and the act of peeling.
RESIDENTIAL: TINY HOME
Secluded Revival is a tiny home whose design was inspired by the busy and exciting lifestyle of its’ owners. While keeping sustainability in the forefront, this home’s goal was to reflect nature, and all of the places the home has yet to travel to. You see this represented through the color scheme, the use of large windows (quite literally connecting you to the outdoors), and through the application of materials throughout the home.
Conscious, sustainable, inspirational, environmental.
Solar Connections developed as a community farmhouse for Frogtown Farm in Saint Paul. The goal was to create a hub for healthy food systems that fill the gap in production, storage, manufacturing, and distribution. With spokes that reach beyond it’s acreage and the Frogtown Farm neighborhood, its goal is to be a destination for those seeking learning, innovation, reflection, celebration and authentic community. The beginning of this concept came from the phrase, “make hay while the sun shines.” I wanted to take this further by researching facts about the sun. I discovered sun gazing, an act of staring directly at the sun during dusk or dawn while standing barefoot on the ground. This act is one practiced by many monks and is believed to increase melatonin, improve dream recall, improve eyesight and quality of sleep, increase the human pineal gland size, improve endocrine health, boost energy and increase serotonin.
This study was the beginning of Solar Connections’ conceptual design: to create a farmhouse that concentrates on environmental sustainability by utilizing the sun and natural elements for cleansing, connection, and warmth. As the sun creates life that sustains both the human body as well as other plants and animals, the sun also provides a source of energy for all living things, as well as the building. You will experience this throughout the total design.
PROCESS BEHIND SOLAR CONNECTIONS
with inspiration driven by finding a solution to incorporating sunlight and sustainable materials at every level of design; living walls for clean air, sky lights and large windows to physically allow sunlight to enter the space, and recycled, light, and sustainable materials.
Color was born
as I decided to focus the color palette on the greens of the grass, the night blues of the sky, and the purple from the sunset. This created balance in the sun’s literal and conceptual application. Light colored woods and tones would lighten up the space and bring balance to the darker chosen accents.
with a connection to the sun: the user, building, land, and experience would naturally thrive. I was inspired to take this further and apply a true solar connection in every aspect of the design.
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A space to gather
in large groups for meetings and community news. The recycled modular wood blocks offer multi-functional seating. Separating the hallway from the large space are algae panels, guaranteeing clean air quality. NanoTech walls offer a literal connection to the exterior, as the sky lights allow sunlight to enter all day, in order to charge the passive solar heating concrete floors.
For more privacy
a conference room is located on the north end of the building. This room features recycled wool chairs, a 70% recycled granite tabletop, sustainable hemp wallcovering, concrete flooring for passive solar heating, and algae light pendants.
The community classroom
offers a direct connection to the community garden from the classroom by utilizing NanoTech walls. The room also features a wall herb garden, hemp wall covering, recycled wood floors, and artichoke pulp plastic chairs.
The smaller community room
allows for direct connection to the sun. The windows recline out of the wall, allowing for a small meditation space. On the wall hang cyanotypes, and on the ceiling hangs an art installation designed to reflect south sunlight.
Intimate, bright, colorful, adventurous.
Nestled Ignation began as a residential project for a couple that met in South Africa, and have goals to reside in San Francisco, California. I began this project by comparing and contrasting the two places, finding many similarities. I discovered that both San Francisco and Zimbabwe shared gold as a main source of initial income, and that the geography related to rocks and earthquakes are prevalent in both places. I decided to go deeper with this, discovering the balancing rocks of Zimbabwe and the physics behind them. I found that the rocks have a resting area called a contact, or small depression which homes the curves of additional rocks, causing a very delicate balance. There are three points around the edge of this depression, forming a triangle, the strongest geometric shape known to man.
This discovery lead to the development of Nestled Ignation’s concept as the design combines the triangular shape, as well as shared colors and elements of both Zimbabwe and San Francisco.
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Meaning ‘Earthly’, in Shona, brings together all that is derived from our planet: wood, stone, geometry, and color. All things that inspired this marriage of African meets West Coast design.
Maroons, Blues and Oranges..
are the primary colors the user will experience throughout this total design. The palette reflects the exciting colors you experience while taking a walk down any of San Francisco’s painted streets, while the splashes of metal tie together the source of initial income for both Zimbabwe and San Francisco: gold.
Upon Further Investigation..
I discovered that if you broke down Zimbabwe to its’ etymology, it literally consisted of both houses “dzimba'“, and stones “mabwe”.
And thus began
the exploration of incorporating the overlap of rocks and houses and their potential application.
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combines all that is light West Coast blues to African oranges. Stone is featured on both the backsplash, as well as the countertops. The gold is more subtle, in the accessories; and the triangular shape is seen on the kitchen floor.
The Balance between the application of light woods on the ceiling and dark woods on the floor, make for an open feeling space with high ceilings.
A space to unwind..
Both living spaces radiate; combining natural African materials with splashes of bright San Franciscan colors. The geometry of a triangle is also apparent in the wall coverings, the area rug, and the furniture.
truly brings together all elements. From the African orange, to the San Franciscan red;
Splashes of gold to natural woods and stones;
The furniture physically representing the act of balance; This is a place to call home.
A space for curiosity
The smaller room offers a space for imagination, while truly combining the most exciting shades of blue, red, and orange; splashes of gold in the accessories and furniture can be seen throughout the room, and the most sturdy of all geometric shapes, the triangle, in the furniture and carpet.
Sacred, transitional, colorful, expressional.
The conceptual design process for this project began by studying the Flower of Life and the Vesica Piscis, a form of sacred geometry that is found heavily in the culture of EDC attendees. The Flower of Life is a geometric shape that reflects the energy of conscious expansion, and its infinite abilities. As the vibrational energy of the horus expands and creates additional circles, the created overlap is called the Vesica Piscis. This design concentrates on the Vesica Piscis, featuring an art gallery in the center, representing the initial energy. Each surrounding space showcases art relative to its function, therefore representing the Flower of Life in the floor plan. The design also features other cultural traditions such as the use of gemstones and color theory to assist with mental stimulation or relaxation.
PROCESS BEHIND ELECTRIC SKY HOTEL
the entire palette of the rainbow in contrast to the dark, mysterious light, Electric Sky Hotel draws what is mysterious and curious about light theory and extreme contrast.
Color is everything
imaginative, whimsical, and playful. Soft, magical purples meet with the light orange to show contrast between light and dark. Blues, pinks and uv reactive colors offer contrast to the black night.
Every floor plan
emphasizes a middle overlap, the vesica piscis, which features a light up stair installation that has steps in the shape of a petal, to resemble the ‘flower’ of life.
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at night. Featuring himalayan salt pendants, electric carnival flower art installations, and bottle service seating.
The practice room
offers a space for artists and performers to get artistically messy.
Level one bedrooms
offer solitude, while still applying the basic emotional impact of orange color theory to provide warmth, energy, cheer, vitality, and good health. You can also see the flower of life in the bedroom chandelier, and the overlap of the design in the bedroom entertainment chairs.
Level two bedrooms
offer a space to recharge while still being in the middle of the action, and also giving the option for complete solitude. Himalayan salt lines the wall in order to promote a good nights sleep, and healthy air. Orange is applied to offer warmth, energy, cheer, vitality and good health.
Level three rooms
offer solitude while still allowing for space to relax aside from the resting space. In this room, blue color theory is applied, providing a space for peace, serenity, spirituality, and etherealism.
Level four bedrooms
offer the ultimate tranquil space, with complete separation from the gathering spaces, and doors and curtains that close off the resting space from the rest of the world. Blue and deep purple color theory is applied, providing a space for peace, serenity, magic, and creativity.
Classic, reflective, beautiful, timeless.
The conceptual design process for this project began by studying universal beauty, personally defined as something that creates an aesthetically pleasing, yet intriguingly subjective experience. The two buildings that inspired its finishes and furnishings, that are also considered to be universally beautiful, were the Hagia Sophia and the Barcelona Pavilion. Sharing both reflection, and space, these two elements became the main focus in the physical design of Matopeolan. The wine bar, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, demonstrates the exercise of light and reflectivity. Concentrating on the application of mirrored materials and both artificial and natural lighting, the design encapsulates the illusion of large space.
PROCESS OF MATOPEOLAN
Unexpected, playful, curious, captivating.
Decorflay was inspired by the Canary Island Date Palm and it’s beautiful aging dance. As the palm ages, its’ layers peel back over time, exposing newer, young and lively layers, however, retaining it’s older layers. This creates an astounding texture and offers a look into each tree’s age. This movement of aging inspired the design behind this wine and small plates bar, Decorflay. In the structural and furniture design, you will experience pieces and places that not only appear to peel back from the walls, floors, and ceilings, but finishes that also encapsulate the act of peeling, keeping the experience captivatingly curious.
PROCESS OF DECORFLAY
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Practical, sustainable, encompassing, reflecting.
This tiny home was designed for a couple living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon the first meeting and conversation, I discovered that the couple enjoys spending most of their time outdoors, and really wanted their tiny home to reflect their adventurous and spontaneous lifestyle; this was the design goal. We focused on keeping furnishings multi-functional and allowing space for plenty of storage. The couple also showed interest in living as sustainable as possible. Keeping this in mind, I incorporated solar panels, a green roof, a place for gardening, a charcoal activated recycling plumbing system, and concentrated on the application of reclaimed or refurbish materials throughout the entire space.
PROCESS FOR SECLUDED REVIVAL