Design common areas of a new four story residential apartment building, including the vestibule, lobby, management office, elevator, common hallways & bike storage room.
This building is new construction. The architectural plans are complete and approved but the project has not yet broken ground.
Provide a hip & youthful feeling in the common areas of the apartment building that will appeal to our university student clientele. A successful design will created a tangible branded environment that rents units and retains clients.
The style should compliment the exterior rendering. The color scheme should complement (not necessarily match) the university school spirit colors of red, black and white.
Provide sufficient detail to enable other vendors (General Contractor & Property Manager) to execute the plan with no further involvement from the designer after the competition.
Take our floor plans to a vision and plan for finished product including design, lighting, floor and wall finishes, furniture and fixtures, etc.
The various common area spaces through out the apartment building should be cohesive (lobby, vestibule, management office, elevator and common hallways).
The final product should be durable and reasonably priced to execute.
We provide off-campus housing to university students. Our motto is "premium off-campus housing" and this is the single most desirable location for students at this university. The design should not only reflect the need for durability that our clientele creates and the budget to execute it also needs to invoke our "premium off-campus housing" motto and our youthful, university student, clientele.
The design should complement the exterior.
The design should complement the universities school colors of red, black and white. The interior colors are not required to be red, black and white but should our clients be sitting in the lobby wearing their school colors they should look great doing so.
The lobby space should NOT encourage large group congregations or parties. The lobby space SHOULD provide:
a. Place to wait in the lobby for other residents;
b. Place to study (free wi-fi will be provided);
c. Place to plug in lap tops (free electric should be provided)... think about the long narrow work areas provided to customers by Starbucks so they can hang out and use their laptops.
e. Comfortable, intimate, seating areas.
f. Drama wall. This could be accomplished as simple as a decorative wall finish washed with recessed lighting but we look forward to YOUR creative ideas.
g. Many of the units are studio apartments, the lobby could act a second living room to residents with studio apartments.
The Fireplace can be eliminated or moved... we don’t particularly like it’s location as shown so don't let it's current location influence your design. If you propose a fireplace it must be natural gas with no exposed flames and cool glass front for safety and insurance reasons.
The windows in the lobby are currently envisioned as a floor to ceiling, aluminum & glass, window wall but they can be adjusted in size to meet your design needs.
It may be possible to make minor construction deviations from the current plans but those should be done sparingly and only if critical to the design. Keep in mind that the architectural drawings and engineering have already been completed and approved so items like the elevator.stair locations or the total floor area can not be changed. The use of interior space between the vestibule, bike room, management office and lobby may be flexible.
The interior of the office can be changed as desired. We are required to provide an ADA bathroom for public use and the office must be behind a locked door as it will house sensitive information (therefore the bath/coffee area should probably be in the middle of room). The primary function of this space is to meet prospective tenants and sign leases (hence the door from the vestibule). The office area will be used daily by the on site property manager.
Appeal to our university clientele. i.e. help rent units and retain residents.
Deliver an elegant yet youthful feeling.
Feel cohesive with the exterior facade
Incorporate colors that COMPLEMENT the university spirit colors of red, black and white.
Unify the common areas spaces (vestibule, lobby, management office, elevator and common hallways)
Durable and affordable finishes
Provide Drama... the lobby and office should help rent units and retain residents.
Lobby should NOT encourage large congregations or parties, rather, intimate seating, study and waiting areas
We want clients to walk into the lobby and shout out “wow! I want to live here!”. A good design will thoughtfully mix architectural and interior design in cost effective ways to differentiate our building from the competition and deliver perceived value to our residents.
Complete document set... see Deliverables below
Provide sufficient detail enabling other vendors (General Contractor & Property Manager) to execute the plan with no further involvement from the designer after the competition. i.e. construction details, color schemes, flooring, lighting, fire place & drama wall designs and specifications, furnishings, art, electronics, etc.
a. Plan view
b. Description in text format
c. Material specifications
d. Section, elevation and detail necessary to execute design intent (especially for any drama wall, fireplace, window wall, elevator area, lighting, or special floor & ceiling detail, etc)
e. Eye-level view(s) (in acceptable format for pre-completion marketing and to help with design intent execution)
f. Design "Brand Book" for other common areas to insure tangible branded experience and cohesive design throughout the common area (i.e. common hallway flooring & paint, elevator flooring and finishes, etc) No rendering necessary for these areas.
The winning design will meet our design ascetic and will be submitted as a package we can deliver to other vendors (i.e the GC) to execute and complete all common areas with little or no further involvement from us or the winning designer.