Erin Brown and Jorey Greenland, both 20-year-old interior design students, presented a concept for CAMEO that included an international market and a café to generate revenues for CAMEO and loft apartments for Cummins interns.
Brown said the team had to figure out how to incorporate CAMEO’s identity while making sure to separate the public and private spaces. She said the team did a lot of field work and research on the church’s neighborhood.
“This project felt a little more real,” she said.
Greenland said the project required students to learn how to use a new computer program and get familiar with previously nebulous building aspects, including safety codes and fire exits.
Another team proposed “Creation Cube,” a design in which square spaces on the second floor would, when viewed from below, look like floating boxes, meaning the artist colony building’s interior itself could work as a piece of art.
The second-floor artist studios had skylights but no windows, the students said. But Wilson told the team that rather than focus on the negative (having no windows), the students in their presentation should focus on the positive, by suggesting, for example, that they had maximized the artists’ display space by eliminating windows.
Wilson had praise for a design that involved glass paneling, which allowed views of the entire space from anywhere, and used a second-floor bridge to connect artist studios in the church building with apartments in the old school building.
Newman said the project challenged the students to generate good designs but also required interaction with an actual site and taught them how to deal with clients and government interest.
To that end, the Columbus community functioned as a wonderful learning lab, she said, because of the support of the property’s owners; Mayor Kristen Brown, who briefly attended the student presentations; and officials from CAMEO.