The studio has a brave new agenda this year to discover the happiness within spaces. Introducing the Happiness studio, where we will start to establish a base for research and active projects that seek to understand spatial happiness. At the moment there are no scholarly definitions of Spatial Happiness and we are on the threshold of a new spatial philosophy that we can genuinely contribute to and be a part of this burgeoning thinking.
SHED looks at ideas of the industrial shed that now occupy many out of town areas. New industrial estates are the new home to many types of businesses. Their size and construction often offer more available space for its occupiers and more opportunity to create the interior to their specific needs. They are developed in a series of connected spaces cultivating a new community, workforce and consumer. The exterior is clad around a metal framework. The idea of floors, levels and what’s happening inside is often hidden and the impact of the interior is only apparent once inside.
This construction allows a sustainable response to the individual needs of each business that occupies it. It allows for demountable construction techniques, assembling and disassembling to create spaces that react to current needs. This immediacy can be both temporary and long standing and as the space has a shell exterior that keep out the weather and intruders it allows the designer to build with a vast range of materials that could be soft, elastic, transparent, thermodynamic, electro chromatic and perhaps shape memory materials. The interior grid work offers a 3D matrix in which to design and occupy. It allows the designer to plug into the space with individual and specific spatial scenarios and then connect through landings, staircases and lifts. This could possibly expose areas of vastness and emptiness in relation to the small and detailed.
The idea of immediacy and flexibility of working practice and event is key to the functionality and spatial experience. The studio will focus on how and when people use the space. It will discuss the modern brand values and how this impacts on the user expectation, experience, engagement and sense of enjoyment. This will be our four E’s.
The first project explores the working space of a TV station that broadcasts and presents sporting events, namely BT Sport. This brand new TV station is situated in Here East and has readapted the Olympic press buildings in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford.
BT have designed pocket like spaces for the TV studios and their production rooms which are full of state of the art connective technology. Their TV programme formats follow new and innovative ideas of broadcasting. It has a very fresh and young approach. Its focus is about sport, its techniques, its competitiveness from the grass roots to the international stage and its audience is an important part of the programme structure and because of the nature of sporting occasions the spaces can respond and immerse themselves to individual events by bringing the event into the interior.
Taking on this innovative approach to broadcasting, its values of connection, people, adaptive design, ingenuity, technology and wellbeing the brief asks you to design one concept threading through various scales that look at the public position of the shed within the park through to private space offered by lockers. It asks you to look at the many meaningful journeys creating a sense of experience through the interior using the heights and volumes and how the staff, guests and audiences inhabit the space.
|Course||Interior Design BA (Hons)
Interior Design and Decoration BA (Hons)
|Where||Commercial Road, Studio 2, 5th Floor|
|When||Tuesday and Friday|