Solving Design Problems at Harrington College of Design: Apartment Entryway Design Competition

December 13, 2011 Awards & Competitions, General, Interior Design 0 Comments

Harrington interior design competition

In interior design, the issues you are forced to design around often become the very inspiration for the ultimate design itself.

Students in Harrington's interior design program in instructor James Smith’s class recently had the opportunity to put their design skills to the test for a real client in downtown Chicago when management from the 215 West Washington apartment building requested that Harrington students provide a creative design solution to address two goals:

1) Increase awareness of the apartment
2) Increase foot traffic into the building

Students visited the site for field investigation and then looked at similar entry conditions in nearby areas. Then they split into teams of two and to create a design solution to present to the apartment owner for consideration.The designs included the students’ field research, proposal, etchings and cost analysis. 

The results were creative indeed! Check out a few concepts below: one features blue globes created by team members Frank Botello and Isabel Wolf, while another showcases a gorgeous re-imagined metallic entrance by Sanja Kerr and Ashley Beaumier.

Harrington interior design competition

Harrington interior design competition

The winning concept came from design students Erin Costello and Justin Junsuk Ko, who were awarded a $500 cash prize! Their design called for the installation of bright exterior banners showcasing the apartment name and a dynamic giant gobo light “welcome mat” shining across the ground near the entrance of the apartment.

Harrington interior design competition

Many thanks to 215 West Apartments for the opportunity and big congrats to Erin and Justin!

Photos courtesy of Peter Klick; all designs courtesy of the student teams listed above.


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