Colgate East Asian Language Department Remodel Project Complete

A few months back I completed the remodel of the EALL at Colgate. Some final tasks needed completing in that space in regards to wiring, plaster and paint, and at last those aspects are buttoned up and some professional photographs were even taken, some of which I’d like to share here today.

A new sign has been placed at the entry:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

I think it would be nice, one day, to put a new door in there of a suitable nature for the space within.

Let’s look at the Chinese side first:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

Following their request, I designed and constructed the bump-out with cusped window frame, along with the internals that allows pictures to be displayed and readily changed out as required. Colgate decided upon the tile type and color, pain color, rug, and furnishings.

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

This room has a restrained orderly feeling, a place of calm. I like the tones of the materials and light in the space. I think that Colgate made some great decisions in those matters.

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I suggested the idea of using transoms to define the Chinese and Japanese rooms from one another. The Chinese side involves a simple lattice pattern in mahogany.

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

All the joints are mortise and tenon, along with mitered half laps at the crossings, as a matter of course.

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

A only window to the EALL, save for the offices, also has a latticed window insert designed by me and framed in mahogany and black Cherry.

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

I was glad the photographer took several close ups:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

As we move over to the Japanese side, we can see the hallway now has light sconces, sourced from Japan (made in China perhaps?)

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

The Japanese side. Design and fabrication of the alcove and furnishings by me, paint and floor material by Colgate.

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

I was relieved to see that the plastering work around the round window and staggered shelves had been executed cleanly:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

The right side:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

And now panning to the left:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

The furniture is all in avodire, as is much of the faux framings, while the alcove shelves, main post, and main floor panel are in black cherry. I was glad to have been able to find a solid black cherry post, free of heart center and any defects for the main post and the picture shows is has a bit of figure too.

The wainscot incorporates VG fir panels with the avodire:

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The table features Japanese 4-way splayed post work, with a bit of expressed joinery:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

The benches are all mortise and tenon, with decorative nailing applied on the seating boards:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

A little black cherry sneaks into the kake-shōji, as an inner frame:

Eastern Asian Languages Lounge

So nice to have good photos of a completed project. It’s something I usually stumble with, as I often run out of time at the end of a job and the work goes out the door before I have had the chance to arrange for a photographer. Anyhow, this time was different and I am glad for it. The first time I have had the chance to design and execute spaces like the that, and hopefully the start of more work along the same lines. Who knows, maybe a building project will come along one day?

10 thoughts on “Colgate East Asian Language Department Remodel Project Complete

  1. Fabulous work Chris!

    You always offer a lot of photos along the way, but a wrap-up at the end really shows off the results.
    Thanks for the journey and the results.

    You really have to talk those folks into a new door. 🙂

    1. Bob,

      thanks very much! I think Colgate may well be interested in some new doors for that department, but it won’t happen this fiscal year at the very least. I’ll be very interested in the meantime to see how the furnishings and woodwork stand up to the wear and tear that will occur.

    1. Brian,

      much appreciated! I’m so glad to have had the chance to share proper pictures at the close of a project.

  2. Refreshing to see such crisp clean work, Beautiful stuff Chris. Great to see such nice photos. I never got around to photographing much of my stuff as i was always in overtime when delivering too.

    1. Appreciate the props Mark. While the job had it’s successes, it wasn’t without some setbacks along the way. I’ve learned more about construction adhesive than I care to remember.

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