The Commons Block of the Totem Park Student Residence at UBC serves six residential houses, with food services and other student amenities. Recently, it went through a major revamp of its Commons Block area with an upgrade to its environmental graphics in the lounge. This upgrade includes 5 pillar graphics and a custom printed wall section.
Taking advantage of the dynamic column height and long view perspective, the interior and exhibition design by PUBLIC Architecture + Communication (publicdesign.ca) incorporates Musqueam history, culture, language, and teachings. Colors are derived from the Musqueam traditional color palette and woven into graphics, wall, floor and furnishings. Large-scale, direct print on wood illustrations by artists Diamond Point and Suzanne Guerin draw visitors and residents around the columns motivation an exploration of stories written by the Musqueam community.
While a simple feat on paper, the steps involved in completing this project were anything but. From designing to testing, and installing – each step required careful planning and precise measurement to put all the pieces together. Here’s how the whole job panned out:
The last step was to install the graphics. Wooden slabs were put up first, followed by acrylic panels and dimensional elements. In the end, the whole job consisted of: