36 Queen Street cross-programming BA Interior Architecture and Design (Canterbury) / UCA Canterbury School of Architecture at London Design Festival 2013

Recent graduates showcase their design proposals for 36 Queen Street, exploring ways in which contrasting communities in the City of London can occupy a single cross-programmed interior space Exhibition 19 - 22 September Open 11.00am - 5.00pm daily Private View Saturday 21st September 5.00pm 36 Queen Street, City of London, EC4R 1HJ   The City of London has been the physical and cultural context that informed the projects developed by the students of the Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons) course at the University for the Creative Arts - Canterbury School of Architecture at Canterbury during the academic year 2012-13. 36 Queen Street, located in the heart of the City, has been the site for the project of final year students who were asked to develop proposals for a cross-programmed interior space. Whilst there are often clearly defined territories and programmes in typical interior design projects, there are many cases where a given space or zone within a building acts as a hub for multiple programmes. The design proposals provide facilities for contrasting communities who are already traditionally active in the City and for those that may have a temporary presence. These projects thoroughly investigates how interior design could be successful in facilitating the cohabitation of two individual communities operating under separate - and at times disparate - agendas, within the same architectural envelope, implementing various strategies as response to the brief and the rich narratives characterizing the area. Recent graduates have now embraced the unique opportunity of returning their projects to the site of their experimentation. This exhibition presents a wide ranging collection of interior design proposals concerned with the exploration of spatial cross-programming. The design brief was presented at the beginning of a major refurbishment of 36 Queen Street, which has now been completed. With these common departure points, both the conclusion of the student projects and building works have fittingly coincided, with the final design proposals now appropriately and pertinently sitting within the results; an architectural shell and spatial environment that has been made ready for - and now awaits - future interior design intervention.   Special Thanks Lai Sun Development London & Oriental MITIE Built Environment Ltd Rolfe Judd Architecture Planning Interiors Tideway Investment Management Limited
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