Description | Winners | Honorable
Mention | Judges
Shay Merritte |
Age: 17 | St. Louis, Missouri
My design aims to create a functional
environment that is also calming. School
is usually a very stressful place to be,
what with cliques and tests. I wanted the
lobby to exude calmness and be a relaxing
place. To do this, cool, calm colors such
as blues, pinks, and purples were used.
I also tried to reflect calm with the check-in
area, which is an igloo shaped structure.
I thought the igloo shape would be more
appealing and less threatening than a table/desk,
metal detector or cubicle. The uniquely
shaped check-in area also acts as a centerpiece
for the lobby and draws people in so that
they will want to check in. To display
announcements I envisioned several large
TV screens. To go along with the theme
of a calm environment, besides showing
announcements, the screens could also show
soothing scenes and sounds like the ocean
or a garden, and when the screens are not
in use, they can run the SETI (Search for
Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) institute's
screen saver and help search for aliens.
I chose to wall off the student study/relax
area so that it could be relaxing and quiet
even when the lobby is very busy. The student
area contains desks for studying as well
as cushions for sitting and relaxing. The
student area also contains smaller versions
of the lobby's large announcement screens.
The seating cushions in the main lobby
are designed to be used fluidly. They are
not static pieces of furniture like benches
and can be stacked and pushed together
to achieve the desired seating arrangement.
The lobby itself was made to be open and
airy so people won't feel so confined and
squished when it becomes very busy. However
I still wanted the lobby to encourage interaction,
so aside from the study/relax student area
and the check-in area, there are no imposing
walls or doors, which make people feel
confined and stressed.