The Student Centre
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road, London
Students show designs for a language school and the reinvention of a London landmark
Architecture students from London South Bank University recently showcased their innovative projects – including a design for a language school and the reinvention of a London landmark - at their annual exhibition.
Installing models, mounting drawings and setting up projection displays, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students threw themselves into 24 hours of sweat and toil preparing the exhibition at the newly opened Student Centre, which was recently shortlisted at the RIBA London Awards.
First-year students showed their spatial and analytical studies, as well as their models for the ‘House for an Enthusiast’ project, while the second-year students’ contribution to the exhibition focussed on their Kings Cross Museum schemes.
Andrew Dawes, who leads the third-year Architecture studio at LSBU, explains the displays of the third-year students: “BA final-year students explored places of learning in the city, and the opportunities they offer to provide sanctuaries for learning, well-being and enlightenment within the disorder and diversity of the urban context.
“The exhibition presented the work of all final year students through models and digital displays, celebrating the shared nature of studio teaching and the diversity of students, whilst recognizing the individual achievements of students through table displays of nine of the best pieces of work.”
Among the projects exhibited was third-year BA (Hons) Architecture graduate David Horton’s design for a language school, which aims to offer its students, including adult learners, more than just an education. Located at the City of London’s Tower Gateway, a busy transport hub, the building organises spaces for teaching and knowledge exchange around a giant M.C. Esher-like staircase hall that provides a theatrical public connection between the high-level railway platform and life at street level.
Yakim Milev’s final year Postgraduate Diploma proposal injects new life into Centre Point by re-inventing the 32-storey listed London landmark – built in 1966 – as a vertical urban caravan park. The speculative scheme offers not only a holiday in the West End, but also opportunities to engage in political and cultural activities in what Milev calls a ‘social condenser’, inspired by 1920s visionary constructivists Melnikov and El Lissitzky.
The opening night was attended by the South London Society of Architects- a South London regional branch of the RIBA. Together with several sponsor representatives, SLSA reviewed the student work and announced several prize winners in their annual round of awards.
Debbie Flevotomou, Chair of the SLSA, said: “The architecture students’ work this year was outstanding and the projects are increasing in quality year on year. Judges from various architecture practices across London were very impressed with the work displayed by the students and how they have progressed.”