Additional brass feature lighting was selected and contemporary FFE is specified throughout to bring a sense of luxury to the scheme, in keeping with the Chapter brand, whilst making the spaces feel comfortable and homely at the same time.
While the designs were developed with the company brand in mind, the team also drew upon the local context of the building – a feature in keeping with the entire Chapter portfolio. This allows each of the Chapter residencies to have a unique look and feel, dominated by the architecture of the individual building – stripped back spaces revealing original concrete and steel structures with a baseline of key aesthetic features that translate across the entire portfolio.
For Spitalfields, the interiors scheme adds a rich colour scheme, taking cues from the surrounding area and its rich Victorian heritage – including the famous silk industry of nearby Fornier Street. ‘The block-colour palette was derived from the multi-coloured entrance doors and shutters, and the detailed entrance porticos inspired the ribbed wall panelling and joinery details,’ says Helen.
These block colours are added throughout the common areas, layered with more intricate wall panelling detailing, which weaves the spaces together and ties the joinery and finishes together into a holistic design. Curved walls and joinery have been inserted into the existing spaces to create softer spaces for students to meet, study or relax.