In the beginning of the design process, we analyzed the existing conditions of the Airstream. We agreed that we wanted a timeless design that would still respect the integrity of the Airstream, but be enhanced with modern features.
After several weeks of developing our design scheme, we have finally captured several design ideas for the interior of the Airstream that will live up to the expectations of the iconic exterior. These are some of our initial design ideas that will be seen in the in the MoCoLab:
Gap Wood Construction
The interior skin of the Airstream will be constructed of curved, warm, light-colored wood. The wood panels will be similar to the interior of our precedent: the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, that has reveal detailing. This will make the interior look cohesive.
We are planning on creating a rear hatchback door with a sliding ramp for easier accessibility and circulation through the MoCoLab. This will be the most challenging design move and require the most precise development.
Front Window Seating
Inspired by what existed in the Airstream, we all agreed that there should be a front seating area under the front windows where people could gather immediately after entering. Currently, the design is a U-Shaped bench with an ergonomic shape for added comfort.
The studio came to an agreement that there is a need for stackable or foldable seating that could be used inside or outside the Airstream. There will be a system of stackable shapes that will be hidden underneath permanent seating and vertical folding chairs will be able to be stored in the movable carts.
There will be at least 4 interchangeable carts that can be customized by the user to fit their needs. A group is currently working on prototypes of these different versions that will store things such as folding chairs and food preparation materials. If unfolded the carts will be able to create a dining table that will span the length of the Airstream.