Conversions: warehouse into temporary school
London studio Hawkins\Brown carried out the conversion for University College London’s Faculty of the Built Environment – The Bartlett – on Hampstead Road, north London.
The firm has created the interim space for architecture students and staff while it remodels the school’s permanent campus in central London.
“The fit-out has been designed to provide the school with a temporary home that will not only support its exemplary teaching and research, but also encourage new practices of teaching, research and collaboration within the robust shell of these former warehouses,” said Hawkins\Brown partner Euan Macdonald.
Wooden partitions inserted into the open-plan warehouse space divide studios from the main body of the building in stall-like compartments. Simple shelves bracketed to the timber panels provide storage space for students.
Smaller cubicles for tutorials and private study are differentiated from the main floor plan by patches of grey carpet.
The space has movable furniture and large tables that create flexible spaces, aiming to encourage a sense of community among students.
Power outlets are suspended from electrical cables in the ceiling, which has been left with the industrial pipework and cable cages exposed.