University Of South Wales Paramount Project 2019

Every year, we have the pleasure of working with second-year students from the University of South Wales Interior Design degree course. In 2018, the students were asked to adapt the Barry and Llanelli Goods Sheds into a space that would benefit the local community.

Our 2019 project started at the end of last year but was completed at the beginning of the New Year and was a collaboration with Creative Village, the Cardiff-based co-working community.

Creative Co-working

This year’s project asked students to develop a co-working incubator space for the creative industries geared towards graduates and start-ups.

Offering formal, informal and ad-hoc meeting areas, initial designs would be based on a space in Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff. However, the design strategy could then be carried over to other sites, including the university campus.

The office design would need to encourage industry collaboration, networking and a professional platform for project work and live events.

The First Visit

It all started back in November 2018 with a few visits to inspire the students and check the progress before the final presentations.

The students also visited the Duke Street Arcade site to gain some insight into the business and get an idea of the space that was available.

The Concept Presentation

Having worked hard on their concepts and schemes, the students returned in January 2019 to present their ideas.

As ever, we were thoroughly impressed with the standard of work on display.

Proposals included colour-coded zones, biophilic elements, bold geometric shapes, adaptable furniture, interactive whiteboard and blackboard walls, feature lighting, art installations, acoustic pods, creative storage solutions, sit/stand desks, a ball pit, and even incorporated the Victorian history of Cardiff’s arcades.

The team at Creative Village certainly seemed impressed with the wealth of ideas on offer.

After a tour of our ShowOffice and some insights into the latest trends in workplace design, the students returned to USW to continue their studies.

We say this every year (because it’s true), but we have been thoroughly impressed yet again with the skills and talents on display from these office interior designers of the future and we’re looking forward to the next project with a new generation of students.

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