RETAIL AND COMMUNITY.

The retail space of the Gaiam Center. Constructed in Revit and rendered in 3D Studio Max. ©2011 Caroline Ingalls.

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. 

 (Left) Before sketch of basement. (Right) Building exterior.

(Left) Before sketch of basement. (Right) Building exterior.

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First floor furniture plan. ©2011 Caroline Ingalls.

Basement floor furniture plan. ©2011 Caroline Ingalls.

Elevation facing east of the cafe space. ©2011 Caroline Ingalls.

Entire interior section facing east. ©2011 Caroline Ingalls.

The central walkway of the Gaiam Center, representing the motion of a wave in the ocean. Constructed in Revit and rendered in 3D Studio Max. ©2011 Caroline Ingalls.