Student Social Spaces
Enhancing the student experience through flexible, versatile social spaces
Designed to encourage students to spend more time on campus, the UCLan Student Social Spaces are a series of lightweight, flexible pavilions arranged across the university campus. With 24/7 access, the large open spaces include a variety of settings, from quiet and intimate environments to busier, more sociable setups.
The interior design gives off a relaxed, comfortable feel, which inspires more informal learning and socialising.
The loose furniture provides students the opportunity to make the space their own, where re-organisation is encouraged to suit their individual needs. In keeping with its student-led ethos, the spaces also accommodate evening events and exhibitions, often organised by students.
The health and wellbeing of students remained a priority during the design process, and with the use of natural materials, the building benefits from plenty of natural air and light. The reinvigorating effect of a bright, breezy building has a multitude of benefits on a persons’ wellbeing and can boost happiness significantly.
Biophilic principles were also a key inspiration behind the landscape design. There are distinct connections to nature, supporting a more relaxed environment, with plenty of views of the surrounding landscape.
The dedicated outdoor space incorporates plenty of greenery, including trees and a variety of plants. This helps to increase the time students spend outside, immersing in nature and enjoying its many benefits, including improved creativity, motivation and productivity.
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University of Central Lancashire
LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018
Winner - Best Education Building
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