The Crest & the Crown

Date: 2016
Client: cSpace King Edward
Principal Investigator: Jason S. Johnson
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team : Alex Wilton,
Oluwaseyi Arole, Guy Gardner, Matthew Parker
Funding Agencies: SSHRC

“The Crest and the Crown” is a proposal for the King Edward School C-Space project that includes a chandelier and panelized ceiling installation, forming an entry sequence to the historic school. The ceiling panels are a mixed construction of CNC milled repurposed wood (removed during the renovation), inlaid brass, and milled translucent panels mounted to a modular dropped ceiling system. The panels use the icon of the school crest taken from a drawing in a historic school yearbook transform it. The modules are mirrored and arrayed along their axes’ to produce a combined pattern. The materials of brass and wood are inspired by details, furniture, and accents found throughout the historic building.

The Crown is imagined as a glowing object suspended above an entryway. It is constructed of stacked translucent panels lit from the interior, and visible from below and through a window between the vestibule and the entry stairs. It formally links the interior and exterior elements of the proposal. The Crown references the colonial iconography of the historic building, digitally simulated with restrained inflation and contouring. The proposal for the exterior elements uses a similar workflow of translating 2d- patterns derived from historical data into 3d form.