one week after starting the LifeEdited Contest we’ve got already 16 ideas and a lot of buzz going on (find a selection of the press here). This blogpost is supposed to give you some inspiration coming directly from Graham, a little checklist re: the most important mandatory requirements – we admit it’s a long list and hard to memorize – , and last but not least some instructions on how to open the files.
In case you haven’t seen it in the comments on the briefing (please make sure to check them now and then, they contain important details as well!), Graham provided us with a link to his flicker site which contains some examples of what he like aesthetically.
2) What to keep in mind – Checklist Mandatory Requirements
- The apartment needs to be low embodied, space efficient, water and energy conserving
- One or more of the Resource Furniture Space Saver designs must be included
- Amina in-wall speakers and Cisco ūmi Telepresence must be included
- Kitchen should be hideable, needs to contain dishwasher and a microwave/oven combination
- Bath needs to contain a toilet, sink and shower, must have audio privacy
- Bedroom should have at least a queen size bed
- Space should include a sit-down dinner for 12
- There needs to be a comfortable lounging option for 8 people
- He likes to host guests: therefore needs space for 2 guests with some visual and ideally auditory privacy
- Storage should be 300 or 400 cubic feet
- Recycling space/system for composting and Reuse “center” for stuff that will be given to friends or donated to charity must be included
- Work Area needs space to store a rolling tool cabinet and an area to do minor in-home repairs, bike maintenance, etc.
- No Shoes: shoes need to be stored/organized near the entrance
3) Help on handling the files
Of course we want to enable as many of you as possible to take part in the LifeEdited contest – not only professional architects and interior designers! As not everybody knows how to handle the provided files, here’s a little help on this.
First of all, you need certain programs to open the files. The sketchup file can be opened with Google Sketchup, whereas for the DWG files you’ll need a CAD program or Adobe Illustrator. We also added PNG files of the elevations and the floorplan.
And last, but not least: there are always many roads that lead to Rome. Theographix was so kind to provide us with a step by step manual on how he managed to open the construction plan with Cinema 4D. Initially, the CAD files do not work on Cinema 4D, so he had to make some changes to import the construction plan on Cinema 4D:
1) He downloaded the plan picture (here).
2) He opened the plan picture with photoshop (make sure you´ve cancelled unneeded aspect (Room description, public floor etc.) and created a working path.
3) He exported this working path to Adobe illustrator (the file must end with ai).
4) He imported the working path to Cinema 4D. Then he used the imported working path as a child of Extrude NURBS to have a 3D view. Last, but not least, he adjusted the Extrude NURBS attribute.
Hope this helps. If you’re having trouble, just contact me or anyone else from the jovoto team. And now ENJOY this awesome contest.
P.S: Next week we’ll introduce the judges so you know who you are dealing with 😉 Just let me say that much: they’re amazing!