Monday, March 30, 2009


i am basically done my model (except for some finishing touches) here are a few views of what i have at the moment. i will take these views into photoshop and spruce them up. (i wanted to use a rendering program to bring in lighting into my model, but now that there is only 4 weeks left..i am rethinking that decision.) throughout my blog i have explained most of the decisions i have made for the project....these are just the updated views. thanks for reading!

exterior view. my exterior is my focus, so i do think i would like to render this view, especially to show how my signage will be light up.

close up view of part of the exterior.

the bowling pin and large letters will have neon or led tube lighting in it.

entry hallway, with pictures & memorbilia. turquoise millwork.

stage, dance floor, open seating.

another view of stage, in relation to the bar.

bar and bar tables to the right.

custom fixture: bar height, bowling ball rack at bottom, ties into the ironwork used on the exterior.

seating area for bowlers. instead of the typical plastic benches, i used mid-century modern style sofas and coffee table. i have antique style rugs underneath.

one set of bowling lanes. see next picture for explanation of lanes.

i will create a few versions of this perspective and make a short video out of it to show the progression of the lights.

this was an example of a mirror that turns into a tv. you just turn the tv on, at appears in the mirror. when the tv is off, it just looks like a regular mirror. this was in the suite in cinderellas castle.

i am starting to work on my technical drawings...but there is still one issue left up in the air:

this is a view of the side of the building seen from earhart. this is a very busy street. therefore, it is a prime place for advertising, so i will need implement some type of signage or something to catch your eye. another issue with this area is that just inside the building against the wall is the back of the stage. this is where musicians will load and unload their equipment. i have added a wall for privacy and safety (this is not the best neighborhood) as they are packing and unpacking their expensive equipment. i also figured it should be covered as well. so this has turned into another addition to the building. the shape and material of this addition is still up in the air (what i have right there is just a placeholder)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

entry hallway.

ive been finishing up my model and working on the entry hallway. when you walk into the current rock n walk up a flight of stairs with countless frames and memorabilia on both sides of you. i wanted to recreate this in my rendition. i used the turquoise color on the millwork to tie into the stage. i have a ceramic tile on the floor in a diamond pattern. This area is a good transition from the residential feeling of the exterior into the bowling alley. i lowered the ceiling to make this area more intimate.

things i still need to address in this area: light fixtures & the wall across from wall with the frames (which i may just leave plain, to direct all attention to the frames). also, i am thinking of having some sort of light signage (possibly like the exterior) on the white wall in the first picture. this is where you turn the corner and enter the main space of the project.



whole wall

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

bar design.

layout for bar area. there are 4 distinct stations.

detail of one section. the cocktail station will hold commonly used bottles, drink guns, extra ice, condiments dispenser, dry waste chute, hand sink, and possible blender.

i have a dropped ceiling over the bar. the three arches have stained glass windows in them, made up of clear beveled diamonds.

kitchen layout.

i finally got to layout the kitchen. this kitchen is not meant to be a restaurant is more for the serving of bar type food. the plan around the actual cooking area is very open; this is meant to make it easy on all the employees that are running around on a busy night doing various things (getting ice, taking out the trash, running food orders, restocking, running from the back to the lanes to fix a problem, etc.)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

updated plan.

i changed up a few things on the plan...rearranged the food order/pick up area with the storage. i wanted it to be easier for customers to get to the counter. the kitchen still needs to be designed...what is there is a place holder until i figure out how i want to lay it out.

progress on the interior.

it around 4:30 am right now....and my creative juices have dried up, so i decided to update my blog to give a taste on what i have been working on. click on the pictures to make them larger!

(disclaimer: parts of the perspectives i am going to post are obviously hardly started...they are the parts that are white with little to no detail on them. this is mainly the bar and the bowling lanes.)

overall view of the stage. it looks pretty dark, but most stages are that way. once i render these perspectives, it will bring some life into the place!

*exposed brick on the backside of the stage*
(inspired by backstages of theater)
*curtains to mimic the wings of a theater*
*brocade wallcovering in the same color as the curtain*
*octagon oriental rug*
*dark grey, ornate supports at the foot of the stage*
(that are light between each one)
*logo hanging in background (or painted on the brick?)*
*dark turquoise millwork around the stage*
*light wood floors on the stage*
*venetian plaster finish with flecks of metallic gold on the walls to the left*
*the floor is an dark, aged wood, herringbone pattern (but appropriate for a dance floor)*

before i had this curve, i had a basic L shape wall. a full wall was used to hide the ceiling elements over the lanes and a lower wall was extended so dancers wont meander onto the lanes. i wanted to keep it mostly open so bowlers could watch the stage though. my professor brought it to my attention that people may gather and lean on the wall in this area (and possibly spill drinks onto the lanes) and something was needed to prevent this. i drew in a curve in the wall instead of the sharp L shape. i then added the line of light bulbs.
i am really excited about this element because it unifies the theatrical design with the retro/googie design. you see this type of light scheme in both of those genres.

i have a stepped ceiling over half of the lanes. this is mainly put there for acoustics and to have a place for spotlighting (on the pins) and projections (on screens).

a cut through of the building showing all the areas. the bar, as i said, is still in the works, that is just the basic plan i have.

i know i want a dropped ceiling over the bar. i want to include beveled glass panels, to act as the divider between the two sides of the bars. this is in replacement of the typical mirror you see in bar backs. i think it will reflect the light really well and bring a little sparkle into the space. i dont plan for it to be just panels of glass there...there will be millwork involved as well. this center piece will physically connect to the bar and the ceiling element.

i want this bar to have a neighborhood, tavern feel to it. i plan to use dark woods, pressed tin, and various light fixtures. the stained glass will have shelving in front of it for the bottles, which will be light from underneath. i will have stools around the bar. there will be an open seating area of bar tables and chairs behind the dance floor.

other than the bar, the lanes need some sprucing up too. not sure what i have in mind yet for that area. two other areas that are coming up are the party rooms and the entry hallway.

thats all my rambling for tonight. it helps to write out my thoughts, and i can go back and read this to prepare for my final presentation...if that ever gets here!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

performance space.

i am starting to gather ideas for the stage area in my bowling alley. i am always drawn to ornate, baroque type elements, as everyone knows. i am not planning to go this route entirely with my stage, but i do want to infuse some of those elements. i am thinking of an thinking of giving it the look of a theater that once was considered glamourous long ago, but now is aged and a little roughed up....kind of saenger meets house of blues. here is an inspiration board of images i was initially attracted to:

i am also getting inspiration from images of the backstage and wings of theaters. i like that unfinished, behind the scenes look. by revealing elements like the one in the images below, it will counteract the more orante elements seen in the collage above.

i have always like the stage on the saturday night live set also. it reflects the style of new york city, but not in an obvious way. i want to achieve this, but in a new orleans way:

here is a perspective from the dance floor, looking straight at the stage. i think this space has real potential!

Monday, March 2, 2009

daylight analysis.

beginnings of a model

here are some ROUGH perspectives of my interior. i just wanted to give a feel of the structure of the space, before i start designing.

view from stage, looking at bar (left) and party rooms (right)

view from stage again, looking at the front of the building.

view from the future pit of one set of the bowling lanes, looking at the bar and dance floor.

view from the same spot, but looking more at the lanes and stage.

midterm point.

i am in the process of documenting the decisions i have been making in diagram form, for my book and for my midterm presentation. here are some of the things i prepared.

aerial view: showing surrounding buildings and parking lots.

site plan: showing original footprint of building and the additions i am making.

block plan of interior spaces.

site plan and floorplan: showing parking spaces, entrances, exits, and delivery access.


typical circulation paths of different users

my focus has evolved! i am now focusing on the exterior of the building...because it needs so much work and attention. below is a perspective of what i have developed so far. the signage will be light up, with backlight letters and spotlighting. neon tubing will be in the bowling pin and in letters of rock 'n' bowl. once i have the shadows and lighting in, i think it will be a nice exterior perspective !

click to see larger !