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Cut + Fold: Gillis Library + Study in Berkeley, California by VeeV Design

April 20th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: VeeV Design

An existing study/bedroom of a 1950’s modern house is transformed into a private working library for two. Conceptually, two distinct surfaces run along or perpendicular to the two opposing wall while creating spatial volume by multiple cuts and folds. These cuts and folds increase possible practical space through their operations, creating visual hierarchy and continuity. Color is used to give clues to the surface folding assembly, to trace the method of fabrication, and to project possible surface operation.

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  • Architect: VeeV Design
  • Name of Project: Cut + Fold:  Gillis Library + Study
  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • Design team: Raveevarn Choksombatchai (principal), Emily Gosack (assistant designer)
  • Awards: AIA Design Honor Award in Interior Architecture, SF Chapter, 2007
  • Exhibits: 2006-2007 AIASF Design Awards Exhibition, AIA, San Francisco 05.07-06.01 2007

In the design of the bookshelves, the same pattern of sheet metal cut can be folded inside out to achieve formal and spatial variation. The folds give sheet metal lateral and sheer strength while organizing spatial flow for storage and efficient work surface. Even though the design is for specific function to be installed on the specific site, it has been both clients and designer intentions to conceptualize the system of modules, to design fabrication and installation methods of each module for the ease of transportability and to achieve the aesthetics of accumulative result.

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Close up of desk storage

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Room Section + Elevation

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