KITCHEN & DINING ROOM
PROJECT BY RYLIE DUNCAN
Navigating a higher education while taking care of your physical and mental health can feel like an impossible task. Mental health especially can be neglected as the price to pay for your degree - a reasonable sacrifice.
At Pandora, a coliving complex for female grad students in the heart of downtown Ottawa, students are guided on a path of self healing through community gathering and empowerment while they are completing their education to foster a lifelong set of healthy habits and values.
Being surrounded by driven, successful women who are working to achieve the
same educational goals creates a sense of community and fosters empowerment. In combination with a residence that mirrors the feminine excellence of its students, Pandora will instill the confidence and strength required to make residents feel worthy in a patriarchal society.
The interior design executed at Pandora communicates power and luxury while facilitating community gathering to empower our students to meet their full potential. Exposed raw materials such as the original masonry of the building, proudly preserved, communicates honesty in vulnerability. Raw materials juxtaposed with opulent finishes such as marble slabs and antique gold leaf detailing, polished at a grand scale, reflects the complexity of femininity -vulnerability and strength communicated harmoniously.