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Back to School: Five inspiring student living projects

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Colour and Corbusier at Béton House, Park Hill

Developers Alumno teamed up with BK Design and Brinkworth to create vibrant student living in Sheffield’s Grade II listed Park Hill development.

Renamed Béton House (in respect of Béton brut, the French term for ‘raw concrete’ used in Modernism) the scheme is the latest phase in the continuing redevelopment of the estate. The project aims to rekindle the original social intentions of the post-war development, give a new lease of life to an abandoned part of the development and reinvigorate the student-housing sector for the 21st century.

A primary ‘Polychromie’ colour palette used by Le Corbusier influenced the design – burnt orange, bottle green, scarlet, and mustard.

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Tigg + Coll Architects embrace the theatrical at Chapter Living Old Street

Tigg + Coll was tasked with creating a vibrant and inspiring amenity space for long-standing client, Greystar, combining key thematic threads and an existing material palette to provide a comforting ‘welcome home’ to residents and an inspiring introduction to visitors.

Guests arriving at Chapter Old Street – a dramatic new co-living space for students on the edge of the City of London – are immediately greeted by a theatrical entrance hall, which Tigg + Coll saw as a reinterpretation of the classic proscenium stage: frames of curved walnut arches sit against a decorative terrazzo floor, revealing new ‘sets’ as you make your way through the space.

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Boutique-hotel-meets-student-campus at The Student Hotel

Design studio The Invisible Party designed The Student Hotel’s Delft location in collaboration with the brand’s in-house design team. The Student Hotel provides a home for students and a welcoming hub where the community can come together.

All public areas, workplaces and co-working space were created according to circular design principles, and all areas are entirely constructed from recyclable materials – including recycled plastic tables, sky blue bar stools, burgundy red sofas and a recycled confetti screed floor.

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74 designs hospitality-inspired student living in Leeds

The brief for this scheme for London and Scottish Student Housing was to create a sophisticated and high-spec design with grown-up colours, detailing and a pronounced hotel/hospitality influence.

The interior design treatment for the amenity spaces took initial inspiration from the building’s architecture, where the materials palette references a recognisable local residential vernacular, with a broadly 1930s feel, including brushed brick with a pale-yellow tone and bronzed anodised aluminium window frames. The latter detail directly inspired the use of bronzed metal framework within the interior.

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Pubblik & Vos reconnects a community in Amsterdam

Working with OZ Architects, Pubblik & Vos has created a vibrant student community in a previously run down, commercial district of Amsterdam. Strategically located next to an academic hospital and train station, the project introduces its first residential building into a predominantly office area.

Developed and operated by Greystar, the youthful interiors are hip and colourful, mixing materials and textiles like wood, concrete, wool, and velvet. The design concept unfolds in the reception area, boasting a stylish reception desk in dark wood and walls in dark colours and decorated with skateboards.

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