Project Page: The Kids’ Room

bunk bed overall view
One year ago, Crystal and I welcomed Jackson David into our family.  In the months since his arrival, he has been a joy and blessing to us all.  However, the change from two kids to three has created a few logistical issues, especially in terms of bedroom space.  Since we live in a relatively small home, the plan was that Jack would eventually share a room with his older sisters.  A total of three small children occupying a single bedroom necessitated a creative and efficient solution for accommodating all their clothes, toys, and sleeping arrangements.  With this challenge in mind and prior to Jack’s arrival, we began to search for a solution for their room.  Eventually we determined that our unique problem required a one-of-kind solution.  That solution took the form of two pieces of custom-built furniture specifically tailored to our needs.
The first piece is a bunk bed.  This bed provides sleeping space for both girls, while incorporating drawers for clothes storage for all three children.  Additionally, the beds provides each girl with their own private space.  The second piece, is a cubbie that provides storage space for large toys, small toys, books, and keepsakes.
bunk bed schematic
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The pieces are constructed primarily of 1/2″ birch plywood bolted together with carriage bolts for easy dis-assembly.  In the past I have used MDF for most of my projects, mainly for cost reasons.  This time around, I found birch to compare favorably to MDF cost-wise with the added benefit of an attractive grain pattern.
This project was completed almost a year ago, but I recently found time to photograph and post it.  Future plans included upgrading the toddler bed to a twin or full bed and possibly adding curtains to enhance privacy.

Out-of-the-Box

ootb logoIn 2011, Science Museum Oklahoma invited Studio Architecture along with 13 other local companies, to participate in the inaugural Out-of-the-Box exhibit.  The museum provide each company with a box containing a random assortment of materials (which we generally ignored) and instructed us to construct an exhibit that creativity embodies the essence of our firm and industry.  While it took a significant amount of work to accomplish, the end result was worth it.

Concept:

The Architectarium

Step into an architect’s pedal-powered mind and experience your surroundings though the iconic lenses of an architect.  See what an architect sees, think like an architect thinks, go where an architect goes, and while you are at it, try your hand at drawing what an architect draws.

The Latin suffix “ariuim” is defined as a place associated with a specified thing or a device associated with a specific function.  Words using this suffix are most prevalent in a museum environment—words like aquarium, planetarium, etc.   Utilizing that suffix and setting, the idea behind the Architectarium was to create a place and device associated with the profession of architecture.  The goal was to allow the public to see what an architect sees, think like an architect thinks, go where an architect goes, and draw what an architect draws.  This was accomplished by building a six foot cube representing the “head” of an architect and inviting the public inside.  Once inside, the museumgoer was surrounded by drawings, sketches, diagrams, and a blank drawing board.  Under the drawing board was a set of pedals that allowed the user to put the entire exhibit in motion while viewing the museum through a giant pair of iconic architect’s glasses.  The end result was a lighthearted exhibit that gave the public an entertaining and interactive glimpse of the world through the eyes of an architect.

Design

exploded

Construction

Opening Reception

Read more:

NewsOK.com – Science Museum Oklahoma exhibit challenges companies to think creatively – January 31, 2012

Science Mussum Oklahoma – Press Release – January 23, 2012

Studio Architecture – Sketchbook – Out-of-the-Box

Arbor Breeze Cabin #2

In plan, the Arbor Breeze Cabin #2 is based on the traditional dog-trot house layout that is common in the South.  Living spaces and sleeping spaces are separated by a covered breezeway that functions as the entry and main outdoor living space.  A double-sided indoor-outdoor fireplace extends the rental season into the cooler months by providing a warm place to gather.  A butterfly roofline provides the opportunity to take a vacation negative, rain, and celebrate it by creating an “event” when it rains.  From the sound of rain hitting the corrugated metal roof to the splashing of water from the scupper into the river rock basin below to the small steam that terminates into the pond, the procession of water from roof to pond is an experience that can be enjoyed by all.

Like Cabin #1, a tool shed more budget-friendly option was ultimately selected.