Olivia Derucki: HYGGE
When tasked with an adaptive reuse project, it was important to include original elements of the building throughout the design. The International Shoe Factory was built in 1905, zoned for industrial use in Jefferson City, Missouri. The design I am proposing transforms this space into a food hall, with lofted apartments above. The concept of hygge, which is a danish/Norwegian word or mood of coziness and comfort with feelings of content, is meant to flow through the entire space of the building and provide users this sense of comfort. Everyone’s idea of hygge is subjective, so designing a space that can accommodate all of this, was my biggest design challenge. I brought this concept throughout the food hall and apartments by the lighting, colors, sustainable elements, the idea of minimalism, as well as natural elements. These different elements can influence how a user experiences a space, so it was important for me to focus on these when making design choices. Utilizing Revit, Autocad, and Adobe software, I was able to bring the design to life and present to all. The design is meant to encourage users to stay awhile and ignite a revitalization to the Jefferson City Area.
About the Project
- Title of Work: HYGGE
- Medium: Presentation Boards
- Student's Name: Olivia Derucki
- Major: Architectural Studies (Interior Design)
- Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2021
- Hometown: Oswego, Illinois
- Student's Mentor: Anna Luecke
- Mentor's Department: Interior Design & Architectural Studies
- Art Project ID: 21VADS - 005
This is a wonderful idea for a building I have been in decades ago. Did the pandemic make you rethink any of the main food hall areas?
Thank you so much for the comments. I began programming for this project last Spring semester, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. But when I got to designing during the pandemic, the concept of Hygge was able to still flourish. The food hall space has movable furniture, which can create socially distanced seating possible. As well, there are enclosed booth seating that create private seating for guests with physical barriers inbetween users.
All materials and finishes specified are easily cleanable, which was inspired by my Healthcare design background. Which is very important in a large space like this with many users interacting there daily.
A good friend of mine is from Denmark, and she always talks about hygge. It's as hard to pronounce as it is to define. Whatever "it" is though, the workstation in the bottom right of the fourth slide has it. Well done!
Thank you so much! I am probably still pronouncing the word incorrectly. Lots of practicing should help! I am happy to hear that my concept is well portrayed in the spaces and you are able to see that.
I try to practice Hygge in my own home so I loved that you incorporated this into your design. This is a wonderful plan.
Congratulations on this achievement, Olivia! I am from Jefferson City (my parents and other loved ones still live there), and I would love nothing more than to see your design in the old shoe factory. You will obviously do great things throughout your career. Congratulations again.
I want to see this come to life! Refurbished/repourposed spaces are my favorite locales, and you have nailed all the stylish, comfortable and spacious elements that make them inviting. The beams and brick tie it all together.
Thank you Oliva - appreciate how you incorporated the concept of Hygge into your design concept - creating an inviting space that also provides comfort for multiple users.