Kim Wypasek Young
$5,000 First place winner with the ‘Prana Spa’ from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Entrants were asked to design a holistic day spa specializing in therapeutic treatment for multiple sclerosis patients. The hypothetical spa is owned and managed by the doctor and physical therapist on staff, which requires living quarters for these staff members. The students were required to design the facility that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and has a healing environment. A logo and name for the spa was also part of the project. There were 40 entries from 14 different colleges.
Judges in the Interior Design category included: Christi Spangle, ASID, Barbour Spangle Design; June Anderson, ASID; Kara Cox, Kara Cox Interiors; Bri Verstat, ASID, Barbour Spangle Design; Marilyn Russell, Marilyn Ashley Interiors; Gwen Emery, Director of Library Environment NCSU; Rose Dostal, ASID, RMD Designs; Jessica Alpert, Gensler.
Christi Spangle commented: “This is a very creative floor plan. The atmosphere felt very therapeutic.” Judge Kara Cox commented: “Great use of organic elements in the space. Best combination of technical and artistic comprehension.”
Kim Wypasek Young, an academic junior studying Interior Design at UNC-Greensboro, submitted the winning entry. She named her project Prana Spa explaining, “Prana is a Hindu word that means life giving force or healing wind, reinforcing the objective of the day spa: enveloping the patient in a healing force.”
Her design strategies for Prana take advantage of two distinct natural elements: the strata and variable striations of rock formations, and the flowing and forming qualities of wind. The influence of wind in the design of the interior spaces can be seen in the circulation and easing of harsh vertical edges. Upon entry, one is greeted by a sense of prospect and refuge created by the variations of ceiling heights and the use of compression and release, giving private areas a safe comforting feeling and larger areas, for healing exercise, an energizing presence.
Corinne Vassallo, of Virginia Tech University was the 2nd place $1,500.00 Interior Design winner. The UNC-Greensboro’s Interior Architecture program received a $1,000.00 award for having the 1st place $5,000.00 winner for the Interior Design category.
Other finalists included: Hunter Van Bramer, University of Idaho; Laura Gwyn Clapp, Randolph Community College; Gabrielle Mariotti, Marymount University; Eric Harris, George Washington University; Abbi Johnson, University of Idaho.