We are so excited to share our off-campus student housing project in Chico, CA! This new construction project with AMCAL Housing was so exciting because we got to design for a younger demographic than we usually do. Our inspiration for this project came from the location of Chico itself. Chico is surrounded by nature - close to orchards, rivers and sandwiched between national forests - and we felt it was only appropriate to bring in nature inspired-colors and graphics to the project.
We created renderings early on in the project to help relay our design concepts to our client. It’s so cool to see the install photos compared to our early renderings and compare what changed and what stayed the same. For the most part, things ended up being pretty close to what we had initially designed. While our photos aren’t pristine (construction was still going on when we took these), we invite you to catch a glimpse into our design process and see how we translate conceptual design into the final product!
The Leasing Office is pretty darn close to our rendering… all that is missing is the TV (it’s on its way)! We may have switched out the upholstery color of the triangle stools from orange to avocado green and went with the white suspended lighting instead of black, but everything else is on point. As you can see, from the first few meetings with our client, we have the entire design pretty well mapped out. From custom seating details to upholstery colors, we have a really good idea of what we want the space to look like and we do everything we can as a team to make sure that we can execute the design as planned.
The Open Study is the area designated for the students to do homework, collaborate with other students on projects, etc. Since a variety of activities would be occurring in this space, we provided private, semi-private and open working spaces. In keeping with the nature-inspired theme, we used green carpet in the private work rooms to create the feeling of grass. We then carried the green throughout the open space by making a chevron pattern with carpet tiles. We introduced grey as the main field color so that the green was not overwhelming in the space and could uphold more wear and tear with foot traffic. One of our favorite features in this space is the custom wallcovering Zoe Bios created for us. We used an art piece of theirs as the inspiration for this room at the very beginning of the design and with their help, we were able to mirror the image and magnify it to create these super impactful walls.
The Cafe Lounge is a gathering place for students to play games, relax and watch TV, use the kitchen and have community dinners. We knew we wanted to make a big impact in this space since it’s open to above (the Yoga Studio looks down on this space) so we cladded the entire two story wall in wood. It became a major focal point and added so much warmth to the space. We also knew we wanted big light fixtures to hang down into the space but we didn’t want them to feel too heavy. We ended up selecting the perfect airy light fixtures… they reminded us of a Dandelion which was super fitting for our nature-inspired spaces. Flexible seating was important in this space so we created soft seating, task seating, dining and lounging areas. We worked with Zoe Bios to create another custom wallgraphic for about the built-in banquette. Fortunately, we work with an amazing team of vendors that can help bring our vision to life!
We are so happy with the way this project turned out and hope you had fun seeing a bit how we translate our initial design concepts into a real tactile and livable design.