Showcase space: DAB’s new architecture studio
When you’re creating a new space for architecture staff and students, you’d better be on your design game.
So far, though, there's an A+ score for the transformation of the architecture studio on level 5 of the DAB building into a flexible, industrial-style space for undergraduate classes.
Refurbished over the summer break, the large studio space was purpose-designed to optimise space while creating an environment that inspires students to learn and collaborate between classes.
As our photos show, the space consists largely of a series of 19 curtained, 20-seat pods equipped with long worktables, perimeter work benches, AV, storage and retractable power sockets. Depending on the class, curtains can be closed for small group work, or swept open for larger-scale activities.
Exhibitions, presentations and ‘crit’ sessions are accommodated in a central open space with seating for 50, while students also have access to a breakout area, kitchen and banks of bright yellow lockers.
According to Head of School Francesca Hughes, “Lahz Nimmo Architects’ fantastic design and the new curriculum – which emphasises learning through design and design through making – have already taken radical effect, transforming studio culture in the school.
"The space is buzzing with creativity and production day and night," Professor Hughes adds. "Meanwhile, the central foyer space is a new vibrant hub for the school’s public lecture series every Thursday evening.”