Temporary Webpage

Often a webpage is the best way to communicate the information you need to communicate, but it is not worth the hassle of creating a full website. With the "Share Gem" feature it is easy to use Diamond Tree to create and share temporary webpages.

This Gem was created by a real estate developer that needed to precisely communicate her needs to a design studio halfway around the world. 

This is an example of using a Gem as a temporary webpage.

What I'm trying to accomplish

I'm in the very early stages of a project to create a new type of social space. This space is similar to existing spaces (co-working spaces, adult education facilitates, community centers), but it is not identical to any of them. 

Some of what makes the project unique is the design of the space, but much more of what makes it unique will be the activity inside the space. The name for this space is a Crossroads.

The primary purpose of the Crossroads is to help adults in urban environments find intimate communities to join.

The secondary purpose of the space is to support adult education.

My problem

I'm starting to have a series of conversations about this project, and the largest problem I'm having is clearly communicating my vision. So what I want to do is to create an animation using a 3D floor plan to help explain the vision. The animation will have visuals like the following in it:

So I need a 3D floor plan render with enough resolution that I can zoom in to different parts of it.

What the space needs to be

  1. A hub of activity - In order for this to work, the space has to support a certain "vibe". It has to be buzzing with activity. The overall feeling we want to inspire for someone walking in the door is "this is the place to be". The soundscape should be closer to a newsroom or a bar than a library or a quiet workplace.
  2. Capable of hosting clubs - People that join a Crossroads are matched to a more intimate community (like a book club for instance). The space must be able to support the meeting of small clubs (let's say 5-20 people) in both the main common area and in glass enclosed multipurpose rooms. Several clubs would be meeting simultaneously.
  3. Classrooms  - The space should have at least two classrooms that are sound proofed but glass enclosed. These will support various adult education initiatives such as programming bootcamps and vocational-type training.
  4. Capable of hosting larger events - The Common area (likely the part of the common area with living room furniture) needs to be able to be reconfigured to host larger events with rows of chairs.
  5. Capable of supporting some coworkers - There will be rows of tables that will support the coworkers that join to work there.
  6. Bar/Cafe area - Bar/Cafe area that is a part of, and spills into, the rest of the common area.
  7. Common area is predominant, everything is visible from there - This is not a space that supports visible privacy (although the classrooms and multipurpose rooms have audio privacy). The majority of the square footage will be dedicated to the common area, and the classrooms and meeting rooms will be glass enclosed and visible from the common area.

My Floor Plan

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As you can see I am a beginner when it comes to floor plans. Not everything here is probably to scale, but I think it does a decent job of communicating the basics of my vision.

As for the furniture, I didn't include it because I am hoping you can take inspiration from the reference photos below (in addition to your own experience). 

If it's not obvious the top floor is a Balcony floor.

Also if there are just some obvious architecture "mistakes" I'm making, please feel free to correct them.

Components in the Floor plan

  • Common area  - This is where the main action is. When you walk into the space you're basically in the common area. This area contains:
    • Coworking Area
    • Bar/Cafe Area
    • "Living Room" Furniture area (that can be reconfigured for larger events)
  • Multi-purpose rooms where clubs that want audio privacy can meet
      • 3 Big (max 20 people), 2 Small (max 10 people)
      • The walls facing the Common Area are glass
  • Large Classrooms (x2)
    • The walls facing the Common Area are glass

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Inspirational Photos

Overall this is probably the closest to my vision for the common area. This space doesn't have a bar/cafe area, classrooms, or multi-purpose rooms, but the vibe of the area is right. You could see how this could be easily reconfigured to host a larger event.

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I like this area because of the portion of the floor plan that has a second story, similar to my floor plan

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This is the same space from a different angle.

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The nested classroom in this one is cool, even though it doesn't have glass walls for audio privacy.

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General reference image with some cool stuff in it. I don't have anything in particular to point out.

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General reference image with some cool stuff in it. I don't have anything in particular to point out.

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General reference image with some cool stuff in it. I don't have anything in particular to point out.

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General reference image with some cool stuff in it. I don't have anything in particular to point out.

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Not a huge fan of the vibe of this space but the bar looks kind of cool.


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