Tuesday22 August 2017

Feix & Merlin picked to design Welsh student union interiors

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Architect working within £46m Grimshaw building

Feix & Merlin has won a design competition for the interiors of the students’ union in Bangor University’s new arts and innovation centre.

It topped a shortlist of five which included SOCA - Studio of Cinematic Architecture - as well as artists and furniture designers.

The £46 million Pontio Centre was designed by Grimshaw and the SU will occupy the fourth floor.

Feix & Merlin’s proposal is for four colourful free-standing elements whose uses and sizes can be altered by the students according to their needs.

There will be slide-out and pop-up tables, workstations, seating, storage areas and shelves. A projection wall can be used as the SU’s social media interface.

The main focus of the scheme is a 3D heart which incorporates message boxes, storage and shelves as well as two smaller tiered elements that can be wheeled away and pushed together to create stepped seating for small seminars or talks.

The concept was inspired by the SU’s branding and uses coloured cubes to recreate the branding in an architectural way.

Tarek Merlin, a director at Feix & Merlin Architects, said: “We wanted our design to ensure that the students’ union was somewhere special, somewhere welcoming and inclusive.

“We’ve created flexible work stations so that students themselves will be able to choose how they want to use it. It can be a place for groups to hold meetings, events and film screenings or just somewhere to hang out and socialise as well as secret places and quiet corners for people to find and discover.”

The commission is part of a wider public art programme which includes installations in the landscape around the building.



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