The Senate House is an existing building within the campus hub which was being used for administrative purposes. Kendall Kingscott were appointed to deliver a flexible space which would allow up to 156 students to study in a variety of ways.
The space has been designed for 24 hr, 7 day a week use by the students and one of the key challenges our team have successfully addressed was the need to specify robust materials and fabrics without creating a sterile environment.
The lower ground floor has been subdivided into three key spaces. The more social study space occupies a central transitional area whilst areas of silent study are visually segregated from this hub area.
The existing interior architecture of the study spaces has been used to create two very different study experiences. Double height ceilings and existing timber panelling in one have been highlighted with a contemporary twist of colour and textures and formal study desk arrangements. In the second space lower ceilings and plain partitions have been given identity with bold graphics and a range of furniture systems, wall and glazing treatments, colours and fabrics.