A reception desk, upholstered benches, lounge spaces with curtain backdrops (another nod to the theatrical) and ribbed glass screens, which smartly create seating booths, are complemented by a selection of mid-century inspired furniture in bright fabrics, walnut and stone. The ceiling and services are painted out in black, with simple track lighting inspired by theatrical lighting rigs and a selection of elegant brass pendant lights highlighting key set pieces within the space.
The building previously lacked collective spaces for residents and guests to meet, socialise and study – and these new spaces needed to remedy that. ‘The existing layout was extremely fragmented, with residents only having access to half the overall space, whilst the rest was occupied by staff areas, back of house uses and circulation,’ explains David.
A more inclusive and interconnected set of spaces have been created – with both shared and private meeting spaces for study, and a more welcoming and open reception area for residents and guests to feel they can get advice and feel safe in their surroundings.