‘Grand Stations Design’ proposals
MA Interior Design Students shortlisted in prestigious national competition.
Ellie Boggans and Mari Moreno Mirallas who study MA Interior Design at The Cass have been shortlisted in the annual RSA Student Design awards for their responses to the ‘Grand Stations Design’ brief.
The brief asked participating students to design a way to reinvigorate and/or repurpose an ageing commuter train station building, utilising its existing structures and resources.
Ellie Boggans solution focuses on Mottingham Station. She identified that the surrounding area offers little to the teens and adolescents and that the youths tend to gather in the streets, sometimes appearing intimidating to the public. Realising the popularity of bicycles among young people in the area, she proposed The Repair Station. The Repair Station is a bicycle repair centre at the station which allows the teens/ adolescents in the Mottingham area become a part of the community to help with bicycle repairs. The project encourages young people to focus on positive behaviour and give them a chance to show and share their knowledge of bicycles and cycling.
Starting at Bethnal Green station and working along the overground line, Maria Moreno Mirallis’ response is proposal to transform a network of unloved and ageing stations into green hubs which encourage residents to grow and share plants and produce, improving community and wellbeing. Her solution includes using use the empty space on platforms for modular allotments and seating, a coffee shop and a Gardener in Residence in charge of the program. Her overall aim is to connect her project with the Mayor of London’s current strategy to re-green the city in at least 50 per cent by 2050.
Both students will now go forward to a final interview stage at the RSA on the 8 May.
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