Thesis Project: Urban Roots

Thesis Project: Urban Roots by Brittany Bowers

Author: Brittany Bowers

Class: IDES 452 Interior Design Synthesis III

Project Statement

The Temple Building, located in Old Town, Lansing, is in a current state of despair. The historic building, built in 1917, is in major need of renovation. This is due to numerous issues regarding accessibility, material decomposition and overall aesthetic issues. The project will work to remedy these issues and to bring this prime piece of real estate back to life.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Temple building redesign is to create an authentic dining and shopping experience for local Lansing residents to enjoy. This historic Old Town building will serve as a place for individuals to purchase locally sourced foods, as well as enjoy a restaurant serving organic and honest meals. The new Temple building design will provide residents with the opportunity to indulge in a healthy lifestyle, while stimulating and engaging the surrounding community. In order to employ a sustainable approach to this renovation, existing infrastructure and original materials will be reused and highlighted in the future design. This will promote the historic significance of the building and help local residents to gain a new appreciation for historic Old Town.

Concept Statement

The concept for this project draws inspiration from the juxtaposition between urban and rural life. The newly renovated Temple Building will serve as a platform for local residents to enjoy the convenience of urban Lansing, while also experiencing the healthful qualities of the surrounding rural areas. Highly textured building materials, already present in the building, will act as the rural design element in the space. This will be contrasted by clean and modern furnishing and material selections in order to create a dynamic and stimulating design. By implementing a muted and neutral color scheme the interior will act as a backdrop for the real star of the show, the food.

Project Conclusion

The proposed revitalized Temple Building will be a new restaurant and market where the surrounding community can indulge in the healthful benefits of fresh local food. By offering a new place for local vendors to sell their product, as well as a restaurant for individuals to appreciate this local food, the building will engage the community and act as platform to facilitate healthy lifestyle choices. Revitalizing this building will also add a meaningful destination to Old Town, Lansing, and will furthermore foster the growth of the surrounding rural and urban areas.

This board (1 of 3) by Brittany Bowers features Programming (preliminary work), including a project statement, a mission statement, project goals, research methods, images of inspiration, and photos of the current condition of the building.


This board (2 of 3) by Brittany Bowers features the market on the first level, including a concept statement, rendered floor plan and key, furniture selections, two rendered elevations and two rendered perspective views.


This board (3 of 3) by Brittany Bowers features the restaurant on the second floor and mezzanines, including two rendered floor plans and keys, two rendered elevations, two rendered perspective views and a project conclusion.




This rendering by Brittany Bowers features the North perspective view of the restaurant on the second floor and mezzanine.

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