I am very excited to complete my Bachelor of Interior Design degree. I am now eager to experience interior design in a professional setting. I would like to explore the different sectors of interior design to eventually decide which ones I most enjoy. I love the challenge of creating spatial experiences that are functional yet memorable. I also love working with my hands, and 3D modeling in different programs.
This thesis project is a community center for the arts and design located at 21 Ossington Avenue, that facilitates connection with diverse persons and cultures, and sparks creativity. This facility caters to a broad spectrum of creative skills such as visual art, design, music/dance, and entertainment. Users of the space will have the opportunity to learn, connect with mentors and industry professionals, collaborate, and create.
The body is comprised of millions of different kinds of cells that are constantly moving, growing, changing, and work together to achieve desirable function. The Community Center will be as cells, with diverse people working together, sharing and learning, to create a culturally rich community, connected. Inspiration for a central element came from the layout of a cell; with its large vacuole centrally located, and the other supporting parts surrounding it. Curvilinear shapes were used throughout the space to reiterate the organic nature of the cell and inspire movement and energy in a creative environment. Throughout the space, a cool tone is used, with lots of neutral finishes contrasted with pops of bright colors. This was to create an energetic feeling for this creative learning space and to have it act as more of a blank canvas to showcase and emphasize the art pieces produced by those enrolled at the center.
The Ossington Community Center of Art and Design is located at 21 Ossington Avenue. It has access to multiple streets with the entrance fronting Ossington Avenue. The community center would be situated near to what's considered the Art and Entertainment District in Toronto. Close proximity to these similar kinds of creative facilities can help to foster greater community involvement through collaborative events.
Longitudinal and latitudinal sections through the space.
The Center is divided between two levels connected by a large atrium space. The programming has a mixture of spaces with flexible furniture choices and architectural elements. This provides users of the space with a palette of place and posture to support their different modes of working – whether it be focusing, collaboration, socializing, or finding an area to rejuvenate/ retreat.