Thursday, October 13, 2011

A day in my shoes. Part one

A day in my shoes....Apple Tree Medical. Existing Conditions

So this is the building my client has brought for the second 'Apple tree medical'. It is situated on a nice street in the city. However the building is less than inspiring and needs quite a bit of work done to it. We applied for planning permission to extend the property which was approved-but with some conditions
  1. The net lettable area 'V' the number of proposed carparks
  2. The property is located in the 'surge zone' so if we have a cyclone/flood we need an offset of 'flood storage' (that one is for the engineer to sort out)
  3. A small percentage of landscaping
This is all pretty normal stuff and not much to worry about.

existing building

In order to achieve the the required number of consulting rooms we will be extending the building to the pavement, so quite a large addition.  It would be nice to put a contemporary extension onto the front, but this does not suit the location or clients brief. This means the extension will be in keeping with the surrounding buildings and have that 'period look'. 
With most things in order we now start to space plan. This takes quite a lot of time and you have so many things to consider in this process (below are just a few things)
  1. Circulation spaces need to comply with the disability code
  2. Existing services
  3. Existing floor structure
  4. Existing footings-structural walls
We document all of our drawings in Revit, so this allows us to produce 3d images. Great for the client as many do not have the ability to imagine the space.
So below is a 3D of the new building and floor plans (they are a bit blurry). The next task is to meet with all of the engineers on site and brief them.


  1. Wow! I can't wait until you're done with your work and show off your client's new house!


  2. So much detail goes into your work. And what a lovely tangible result you have when it is complete.

  3. Thank you for sharing this, I love seeing transformations created by the talents of interior designers like you!! I can see where the 3-D images would help your client to imagine the space... I admire your work, looking forward to seeing it as you go along!