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The core idea for the thesis is based on adaptive reuse of a historically valuable gem " Distillery District" and transform it into a coworking space, cafe, and a pop-up retail shop. The most crucial challenge of the design is to create a sustainable interior space inspired from concepts like biophilia and biomimicry, achieving all by using the most ecofriendly construction materials. Entire space has lots of natural elements and vegetations to create a natural looking space. the furniture and art selection has been done from lots of local Indigenous artists to support their art. All the client requirements were met while keeping the essence of the Distillery intact in the space. The idea has been very successfully executed by connecting the traditional Rammed earth construction with modern Eclectic style design. The design also addresses the aspects of accessibility and follows all the measures of COVID-19. The thesis sequentially displays the design process starting from the research of the site, demographic data , conceptual sketches, floor plans, elevations, and 3-D renderings.

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Distillery District, interior decorating, interior design, commercial design, commercial spaces, accessible design, sustainable design, office floor plan, conceptual sketches, design theory, Material Connexion, 3D rendering, 3D modelling, retail design, biophilic design


Art and Design | Interior Architecture


Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design (FAAD)

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Nandasana, V. (2022). Novus : Coworking Space. Cafe. Retail. [Unpublished Work]. Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design, Sheridan.

Novus : Coworking Space. Cafe. Retail