A Hub Of Creativity For Modern Students!
When we chat to Studio EM perennial favourites Kirsty Cassels and Fern Lewis on Twitter we are reminded of our awesome days as design students. Whilst those days were a great deal of fun, times filled with creativity and an explosion of ideas it has to be said it wasn’t always, in fact, it was rarely as easy as we made it out to be. It was always a touch trying to get creative when stuck in a 12 square metres of space (the dorm room) and trying to carve out our ideas on A0 paper whilst dealing with virtually dial up internet. (Yes I am nearly that old)
Creative and free flowing space to work from and in was not readily available, apart from the studio’s we worked in with our classmates, but even those had their limitations such as being too open, too busy and noisy and that always lead to a scatterbrain of ideas, the lack of privacy was also a factor. What we really needed was what today’s feature project is all about, cool breakout areas. Coventry University along with Architectural Design firm HawkinsBrown have created an awesome new student centre, or student hub as it is more affectionately known, where students can come in between lessons and socialise or work on projects within the individual or the communal breakout areas such as the pods pictured below.
Without going too much into the design as the pictures do that for us we love the cool factor associated with this project, this gives the students a much needed and sociable alternative to the oh so tired and boring libraries they are used to having to convene in to discuss projects. This is a more 21st Century approach to studying and study centres and can only help to encourage and inspire new ideas and creative concepts from those that use them correctly. Would you have loved something like this at your university or college? Would you have used it more often that the traditional library or common rooms? Could you get your work done from here? Let us know in the comments section below, as we are always keen to know how these projects work from a practicality and functional point of view.
Photography Credited to Tim Crocker.
Also check out here on Frame Web for a more in depth description of the project