CONCEPT | THE CHARCOAL PROJECT
The Charcoal Project is the name I gave to the advertising firm I was designing for our final Studio V corporate design project. The concept came about by having to ignite the space and spark through. I was looking at pictures of charcoal and I realized that when you see a piece of charcoal in real life, it looks like a piece of rock with nothing fascinating about it. But then there is this quality about charcoal that when you ignite it, it changes it's entire demeanour. I was fascinated by that and I found my inspiration there.
So, when I enter a space or look at a plan or design problem, I take it to be lifeless like that grey piece of charcoal. But the life a designer is able to give to an idea and what they can ignite into a space, is what makes it unique.
I made it a point to incorporate materials that would bring in some sort of LEED rating in the project. One of the materials used for ceiling was the Armstrong WoodWorks Linear. It contains 92% recycled materials and therefore it qualifies for LEED points under "Recycled Content". It is also 100% bio-based and includes BioAcoustic infill for increased acoustical performance. I used the LEVELe Wall Cladding System from Forms + Surfaces, which contains recycled materials and the MDF backer as well as the polycarbonate backer, and the aluminum panels itself add to LEED points. The composite wood used to manufacture this product contains no added urea-formaldehyde, which qualifies for an added category called Low Emitting Materials.
I assigned large naturally occurring crystals and designed them to have tempered glass inserted through the top and make them usable surfaces. These were incorporated in the waiting rooms as coffee and side tables.
I have always had such a romance with concrete and glass and I obviously used them in the biggest project I've had under my belt. Dekko Concrete is an excellent company for lightweight concrete cladding and I used their product for the concrete walls in various spaces of this design. Due to concrete's inorganic composition, it makes an ideal material to be recycled. Using concrete allows as many as 18 points to be earned on a green building project using the LEED system. (Canada Green Building Council, retrieved from http://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/LEED/CAGBC/Programs/LEED/