Ruth Blumenfeld, A.B.E. Segal Architects Ltd
I have used SketchUp for almost 3 months. In that time I have had enough practice to learn that SketchUp enables one to make this profession a hobby. Besides having a realistic 3d check through every part of the design process, I find it an addictive, fun, and an irresistable toy.
Here are a few pictures taken from a bank branch interior design project. Every piece of furniture for all the bank branches, which are located in many city centers, have the same look. The desks, counters, seats, etc, are all pre-specified. As for the design process, I had to deal with a difficult site: A very short span of a street facade for an entrance, followed by a deep back space, and a large upstairs area with a low ceiling.
I suggested a circular arrangement for the furniture and round walls behind them for the street level floor. Thus the crowd will flow inside "suctioned" by the round streaming lines.
lines for the base of the the room partitions. However, For the upper parts of the partitions we added stained glass. Another component was created for the partitions. It was simply a modified version of the original counter component.
Climbing the stairs, Sketchup enabled me to quickly see design conflicts that might arise. After creating the staircase I had a complete idea of how every building detail would be handled.
For scale and context, I placed two puppet figures sitting at a coffee table in the upper space. They were purchased at a 3d model site: "abscissa". (We did have a hard time hiding all the edges on the figures.) At their back we will have a painted wall, with the look of a coffee shop facade. One of the facade doors will be real and will serve as a fire exit. I haven't taken a nice coffee house facade picture yet so I stuck a temporary facade to give the impression. (The bank branch is located in a resort place on an avenue crowded with coffee shops, having tables spread all over the sidewalk).
I gave a spatial shape to the ceiling in an attempt to conceal the lowness of the space. It was now a complete 3d design and it was a pleasure to create. For dessert, I surfed the net for images of valuable art pieces, then I imported them, added frames, and hung them on the walls. - Ruth Blumenfeld, Architect
A.B.E. Segal Architects Ltd, Haifa, Israel
According to Ruth, "the client was pleased to see the images and accepted the ideas."
Thanks for the great story Ruth!