RETAIL AND COMMUNITY.
The Gaiam Center is an approximately 10,000 square foot yoga, retail, and community space in downtown Savannah, Georgia. This project was done for my Interior Design Studio II class in the fall of 2011. The goal of the Gaiam Center is to provide a positively stimulating and sustainable interior architectural environment that supports the company's culture through the use of experiential design. The concept for the space goes back to Chinese philosophy, where the complimentary forces of Yin and Yang revolve around each other in an infinite spiraling motion that is represented in five phases. Yin and Yang symbolize the opposing qualities of nature, such as light and dark, large and small, and male and female. Their five phases stand for the five elements of nature, which are fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, all defining the environment. Therefore, using the qualities of these five elements and the idea of Yin and Yang will help to educate the community on the importance of a healthy planet and lifestyle.