McAuliffe International School becomes Hogwarts
“We are thrilled with the results that Ink Monstr produced for us. The best part for us was seeing the kid’s reaction on the first day of school when they saw the doors for the first time. They love the castle/Hogwarts feel of the design. They also were amazed to learn that the design is a vinyl sticker. They really believed that we had installed stonework, stained glass and wood doors!”
Call us the wizards of vinyl. This summer we had the pleasure of working with the McAuliffe International school to take their drab doorways and create magical entryways into learning with two large format architectural installs. In a school with many cultures and tailored learning, it only made sense to bring and extra sense of magic to their building’s first impression.
McAuliffe’s principal, Kurt, found the inspiration when he visited Harry Potter world and wanted to bring the idea to Denver. Seeing the transformation into a far away land and the use of vinyl throughout the park sparked his inspiration, while an article from the Denver Post business section brought him to the Ink Monstr design, print and installation team. In deciding when a full build versus installing vinyl is appropriate, costs and time are only two factors. “We chose vinyl over construction to save on costs and to transform the space quickly. We did not have to undergo a major construction project that would require multiple contractors and pulling permits. It allowed us to continue business within our facility without having to vacate the premises while construction was going on.” A late July install allowed McAullife’s staff continue to prepare for the upcoming school year without disrupting their own summer break! A buildout that could have taken days was replaced by an 8 hour install.
Working with our in-house design team, many photos and concepts were shared of medieval doors and an assessment of the building’s architecture were taken into account before the design phase. When considering a vinyl transformation, Ink Monstr designer Elliot Lang recommends, “Research the architecture and elements you want to have mimicked. Historic architectural design is an incredibly rich (and vast) field to pull inspiration from, and the more specific you can be, the more realistic your project will turn out. I was lucky to work with Kurt at McAuliffe, as he had a specific aesthetic in mind, and after a mood board session we were on the same page and moving forward quickly.”
After Kurt and Elliot agreed on the direction, it was time to bring it to life. Recreating architecture is a talent. There is a specific middle ground to be found in creating a faux design while still blending with the pre-existing elements. Layers of texture and color can take a project from a natural appearance, to a stand out eye-sore with a few clicks of a mouse. After a few renditions McAuliffe received a design that not added a sense of wonder to their doorstep, but was customized to their school’s identity.
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Considering your own transformation? Create your idea board, save some inspiration on Pinterest, then contact us for a free design consultation. You bring the ideas, and we’ll bring the magic.