The Obama Office Space, is designed in accordance to the principlces and values that the 44th President of America, Barack Obama, portrays or atleast seems to portray. The major structure sits below with large supports stretching from below and holding up the central meeting point. These 'arms', are meant to symbolies the position of power a president has; that of supporting and governing people. The architecture uses many rooms and elements within. The President would not work alone, and would have many guests, and people helping him, thus a large area would be required. An open area, acts as the transition point/ and foyer, between entrance and the actual office. A social area, with seats; it tackles the social humanism of Barack Obama. A conference room with a balcony, and an area where files and documents would be held, by watch of a secretary, this building leads to actual office room. This then diverges to a library, and outdoor area, and a daycare center; which explores the president as family man.

The shapes are symbolic, the library; frmo above an open book, the office: an eagle from above (Patriotic Amercian symbol), and a lion from outside the windows (symbol of a king), Day care, is curved and soft and pink; calmness, playful, friendly. From the side, it is seen that the structures build up, to the last office; syymbollic of GROWTH. Finally the rnigs in centre; represnt almost atomic nature; changing and moving; representing science and technology; things Obama says he wishes to progress with. Emphasis is placed on the above section as it is here that the building would be viewed.


The Office of Miuccia Prada is inspired by fashion. The power of fashion is the ability it has to change the perception of people. Fashion and clothing represents a class and image to people; it creates facades. It is the covering of what is inside. THus my design is a simple layered building; however covered by with large cloud liek structure. I play with the idea of building being up in the sky; by makign it cloud-like; however the cloud symbol is also there to symbolise the lightweightedness and simplicity of many of Prada's designs; but also symbolise the fragility that is the fashion industry. Although one can be 'large' and 'dominant'; they can still be fragile in their careers, due to reviews and one time mistakes. The skeleton like nature of cloud; represents the changing styles.(Initially, they were indivually meant to move/or have different colours to more clearlty represent this.) Colours represents those in fashion;

MEETING POINT and TABLE and Elevators

Obamas elevator is in the shape of a hand. Symbolises control/ the grasping notion, and also protection. Obama, being a extremely important individual needs constant protection; and the hand has often been used as a symbol of this: child holding mothers hand as they cross the street/ the handshake used to gesture no harm.
Meeting point is connection of the two clients. Obamas space,points out liek an arrow; showing he is trying to lead people in a direction; towards his "change", while Prada's space is simple; she is not trying to create a change or control, and she keeps very much to herself.
The Meeting Table is unususable; it rotates and moves and acts as a symbol of the state of power. Power can be used for many things: for good; for the bad; and the table explores this idea. Each side represents a different thing. ONe side: unity, and how those in power can unify people. Another side is 'Distruction'; how those in power can use it to cuase pain and anguish; and teh final a standard rectangular table: the idea of power there for stability/ democracy; and it also comes to represent the common people.



Final SketchUp Model

My initial idea for the social area: enclosed building, with rooftop garden (this created many unkown problems, so design had to change to the toally open space.

Somewhat birdlike, or insect like.