Intentions: A contractor friend of our landed a job to remodel a HIV testing and wellness center in for AHF, the Aids Health Foundation. He’d bought a beautiful plank of redwood, but was unsure how to use it effectively in the space. With construction already underway and time being of the essence, he call the 3 Lights Design team take his hunch and material selection and turn it into unified design.
Functional Results: Using 3D modeling software, the 3 Lights Team make a quick model and created the design in under two hours, demarcating the rooms into zone of public, semi private, and private space. The black board near the entrance allows for announcements to be written by hand, adding the human touch, and the Great Wall of Condoms in the corner, reminds the community of the importance of safe sex practices.
Aesthetic Results: In order to make the space feel less clinical and more communal and inviting, we used the contractors selection of wood, along with bright colors, and innovative lighting solutions. The redwood slab was used both for a coffee table in the center of the room, as well as bench seating along the wall while rough cut boards cover the focal wall. Bright colors, both in the paint and the fabric, add a sense of celebration to the space. Finally, being an interior space with no natural lighting, we ran LED lights behind the wood panel to allow them to both glow and float while, having pendant lights penetrate through the acoustical tile ceiling grid, thereby giving the feeling of the celestial coming down to earth.
In the end, the project was a huge success, giving the AHF community of clinics a whole new level of functional and aesthetic precedents for organizing existing and future spaces.