The Problem Much like the Red Victorian project, Ashley Proctor wanted to build a coworking and artists’ studio space in a former gym. She had a limited budget and the intention of keeping overhead low to keep the space affordable for artists in the increasingly unaffordable Capitol Hill District of Seattle.
The Solution With work or live spaces that focus on community, we have discovered that success depends on an appropriate balance of shared resources and private resources. For people who chose to participate in intentional communities, there must be space to organically develop relationships and also an autonomy over an element. This can take the form anything, it could be a task or an event. It is most common that this manifests in private space within the community. The design of this space, physically, in technology and in systems provided that essential gradient.
My Role While my business partner focused on technology infrastructure, I developed a simple layout design that maximized the opportunities for public interaction and private reflection. Because the space also functioned as a fixture in the public for workshops, events and gallery shows, the design focused on maximum flexibility with visual emphasis on presentation of artists’ work and the shared space as a focal point.