The full suite of amenity spaces includes a reception lobby, back of house space, study lounge, meeting rooms, library, communal kitchen, toilets, cinema room, gaming lounge and gym, as well as an 8th floor private dining room. The design of the amenity spaces represents a step change away from the bright and cheerful approach that is so prevalent in the sector, where spaces are often saturated with primary colours.
The brief for this scheme for London and Scottish Student Housing was to create a sophisticated and high-spec design with grown-up colours, great detailing and a pronounced hotel/hospitality influence.
‘Our client, Darren Simmons at LSSH, really wanted to push what was possible in this sector,’ comments David. ‘Darren is very design aware and focused, right down to the very smallest details and was looking for a much more sophisticated product than is the norm in this sector, where the look is often more in line with ‘budget traveller’ chic, featuring lots of graphics and bright, primary colours. Here, the aspiration was to be much more sophisticated, pulling influences from the hospitality sector, with a high-end residential feel too in those areas, where a domestic vernacular was more appropriate.