Nester
Part 4 of 4
Project Duration- 5 weeks
Date completed- December 2011
Media- Autocad and Cinema 4D

Project Brief: Our clients are a young couple looking to create space that will allow them to live and work in relative proximity. They imagine that they will live here forever.
Client Profile: Ian is a set designer and painter who sometimes works at his home office/studio. He sometimes meets and works with his staff in their live/work space. Rachel is a chef and is working on a menu with her staff in the couple's kitchen. The couple has 3 children. Noah is 11 years old and their twin daughters Jane and Tammy are 6 years old. The family also has a dog and 2 cats. The program- Living area, dining area, kitchen and food storage, master bedroom and master bath, children's bedroom and bath, studio space for Ian and meeting area/office area.

While doing precedent research on Pierre Chareau's Glass House I developed two concepts- division of space through partitions and transparency. I combined these two concepts to create translucent partitions. There are 2 partitions in the living/dining/studio area that are made of a unique material called Softwall, a flexible partition. These partitions can be adjusted accordingly to divide the space and create privacy. Another partition exists in the twins bedroom so that they can create a temporary wall between their beds. (Look at plans to see various combinations of partitions.)
When it came to designing the bathrooms I wanted to turn something that might be static and boring into something with motion and character. So I created a rounded form in order to give the bathrooms more movement. The bathroom between the kids' bedrooms acts as a partition between the rooms as well as storage shelves. The material that I chose for the bathroom walls is translucent Corian to create an interesting shadowy effect.
I wanted more than enough storage in the apartment. So all the shelves are doubled- one shelf moves in front of the other creating a deeper storage space. I incorporated the transparency into are the storage shelves as well. The back lighting would make them look ghost-like.
Some of the furniture also has partition like elements. The dining table expands to accomodate more people; the studio table has a hidden compartment; and the coffee table also folds out. (Look at ref. images)

site  

parti and initial sketches  

Floor Plan with reference images

floor plans showing combinations of partitions

sections  

section perspective of children's room

section perspective  

isometric view  

renderings of interior