Allison Thompson

Allison Thompson

Design d'intérieur et architecture
LaSalle College Vancouver

Switenia - Performance Space Design

CLIENT BRIEF: The project was to create a music retreat center located on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat. The island of Montserrat previously was the home to the music studio ‘Associated Independent Recording’ (AIR). AIR music studio was the “epicenter of the international music scene where musicians like Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney used to record their albums” (Uni). The music produced at AIR created a communal experience between the locals and artists. It was where over sixty albums were recorded by legendary musicians (Nessy). Devastatingly, in 1995, the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat erupted. This volcano led to evacuation of the island and specifically, where the AIR music studio was located, is now labeled as an exclusion zone. Today, the music studio is still abandoned and is engulfed by vegetation. Twenty years later the island of Monserrat’s economy and landscape has been revived since the Soufriere Hills volcanic eruption. As a result, the inhabitants and the government are seeking to design a new music studio space that holds the same prestige as the AIR music studio. This new music retreat center is part of the design competition entitled, ‘Tropical House’. The winner of the competition will be awarded a $20,000.00 grant towards building their music retreat center (Uni). ------------------- DESIGN CONCEPT: The design of the Switenia closed performance space is to create connections between the audience and the performer. The design will give visitors a feeling of inclusion, togetherness and unity, like a safe zone that is harmonic, and peaceful. Users will be immersed within the design in order to have transportative experiences, drawing humanity closer together and creating memorable connections. The design interplays contradictions: intimacy and monumentality, stillness and movement. The shape of the design has circular and dome forms that are based off of the florals of Montserrat, how fragile yet strong they are.

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Floor Plan

Switenia Floor Plan

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Reflected Ceiling Design

Switenia Reflected Ceiling Design

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Isometrics Display

Switenia Isometrics Display

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Exterior Elevation

Switenia Exterior Elevation

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Exterior Elevation

Switenia Exterior Elevation

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Section Drawing

Switenia Section Drawing

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Theatre and Seating Area Elevation

Switenia Theatre and Seating Area Elevation

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Bar Area Elevation

Switenia Bar Area Elevation

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Music Rental Room Elevation

Switenia Music Rental Room Elevation

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Reception Elevation

Switenia Reception Elevation

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Exterior Concept Sketch

Switenia Exterior Concept Sketch

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Exterior Concept Sketch

Switenia Exterior Concept Sketch

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Theatre and Seating Area Concept Sketch

Switenia Theatre and Seating Area Concept Sketch

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Exterior Render

Switenia Exterior Render

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Staircase and Entrance Render

Switenia Staircase and Entrance Render

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Outdoor Patio Render

Switenia Outdoor Patio Render

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Hallway and Instrument Rental Room Render

Switenia Hallway and Instrument Rental Room Render

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Bar Area Render

Switenia Bar Area Render

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Theatre and Seating Area Render

Switenia Theatre and Seating Area Render

Design d'intérieur et architecture/LaSalle College Vancouver/Switenia Reception Area Render

Switenia Reception Area Render