Middlesex University focuses on 12 interior design and architecture projects

Dezeen School Shows: an animal therapy support center which aims to benefit people’s mental and physical health and a scheme converting empty high street shops featured in Dezeen’s latest school show by students at Middlesex University.

Also included is a “Gamer Station” and a safe house for survivors of domestic violence.

Institution: Middlesex University
Courses: BA interior architecture, BA interior design and MA Interior
Francesca Murialdo, Naomi House, Gavin Challand, Jon Mortimer, Michael Westhorp, Jason Scoot and David Fern

The school’s statement:

“At Middlesex University we run two undergraduate programs and one postgraduate program dedicated to studying the richly varied inscape.

“Interior architecture operates within the existing architectural fabric and context, remodeling space through architectural intervention and questioning the idea of ​​interiority in relation to a variety of scales – from spaces to buildings and cities.

“The program speculates on the possible future of buildings and environments that have reached the end of their current lifespan.

“Interior Design deals with the creation of new interiors that are inserted or installed in existing buildings or other places, relatively independent of their construction site contexts, for short-term use. Design projects can therefore be generic and used in many different places.

“MA Interiors continues to challenge and redefine what constitutes ‘the interior.’

“The program emphasizes crafting a personal design approach based on individual interests through the compilation of three portfolio volumes of analysis and project development.

“Common to all three programs is the importance we place on intertwining theory and practice and the commitment to, in this social media age, prioritizing genuine sensory human experience in the place-making process.

“Although student achievement is predominantly assessed against individually produced outputs, we recognize that interior design in practice is inevitably interdisciplinary – often across the domains of the humanities, cultural studies, history, philosophy, psychology and anthropology.”

Communal Scape by Yinjun Shen

“Communal Scape is a development strategy that looks at reintroducing public space into commercial environments to help unlock new high street typologies.

“This idea considers a new approach to rebuilding inner London’s high streets by using communal spaces, typically reserved for private gated developments, to become new territories that cut into and weave under existing buildings, creating new hybrid shopping- , work and social spaces.

“This newfound common ground is helping to re-establish the site, accommodate new ways of engaging with the high street and develop new mechanisms that encourage connectivity in an ever-growing space crisis.”

Student: Yinjun Shen
Route: MA Interior
Email: muyunfengliu[at]gmail.com
Instructors: Jason Scott and David Fern

Diagrams and drawings of building

House of Soul by Ieva Karaliute

“House of Soul is a proposed community center that celebrates diversity and gives people a platform to have a voice in their own community.

“Through careful design decisions and adaptive reuse strategies in the existing Elephant House in Camden, the project explores the importance of performance, collaboration and the exchange of skills.

“The project involved designing spaces focusing on their needs for living and rehabilitation.”

Student: Eva the Queen
Route: BA interior architecture
Email: sure[at]gmail.com
Instructors: Francesca Murialdo, Naomi House and Gavin Challand

Diagrams and drawings of building with areas highlighted in red

Illegible by Irma Signe Linnea Vesterlund

“Invulnerable means something or someone that cannot be subdued, controlled or restrained. The project aims to give voice to the survivors of human rights abuses.

“These survivors are offered a safe space to live and reintegrate with society – a space that is welcoming and warm and encourages them to be brave and independent.

“The project involves transforming an existing building in Camden to create an open public space with private areas which creates new connections between the survivors and the wider community.”

Student: Irma Signe Linnea Vesterlund
Route: BA interior architecture
Email: irma.westerlund[at]outlook.com
Instructors: Francesca Murialdo, Naomi House and Gavin Challand

Aerial visualization of the site by river

Salvage Community Center by Daryna Chobitko

“The project presents a salvage community center run by volunteers in an existing building on Regent’s Canal in London.

“The primary adaptive strategy is to reinstate the building as a wharf – as it was when it was built – to use the canal to transport goods in a sustainable way.

“The program provides spaces to process and consume salvaged food and workshops that collect and rework salvaged building materials to produce sustainable temporary structures for events.”

Student: Daryna Chobitko
Route: BA interior architecture
Email: hobbit kodaria[at]mail.ru
Instructors: Francesca Murialdo, Naomi House and Gavin Challand

Visualization shows exterior of city building

Revolut Bank by Alexandra Stroe

“Today, the world is faced with inflation, energy crises and wars that create a domino effect affecting the world economy.

“To be prepared for these kinds of events, the financial system should offer more money literacy support.

“This project takes Revolut as a bank that shakes up the norm and builds a space where users can gain knowledge and build strong connections within the financial community.

“It’s a space where people will be informed and trained to deal with challenging times to better manage their money.”

Student: Alexandra Stroe
Route: BA interior design
Email: alexandra.elena_stroe[at]yahoo.com
Instructors: Jon Mortimer, Michael Westhorp, Naomi House and Gavin Challand

Sectional view of mixed building

A fitness hotel by Andrea Pereira

“My project is a space designed to gently encourage physical and mental fitness. The space takes people in as a place to live and encourages the idea of ​​a healthy lifestyle.

“The design will be mainly focused on expressing unintended forms of fitness so guests can use the space without feeling too overwhelmed.

“The idea is to gently introduce them to a healthy lifestyle, making them realize that changing their bad habits is not as difficult as they thought.”

Student: Andrea Pereira
Route: BA interior design
Email: other monkey[at]hotmail.co.uk
Instructors: Jon Mortimer, Michael Westhorp, Naomi House and Gavin Challand

Visualization of the building exterior

The Gamer Station by Ieva Marija Eid

“The world of online gaming is becoming a competitive sport. However, there can be a long-term disconnect between professional players, fans and undertakers of eSports.

“Gamer Station is a 24/7 facility where professional gamers, fans and the esports entourage can go. It creates an original space where like-minded people can come together and celebrate the digital joy of esports.

“The space requires a new idiom to bridge the physical/digital divide.”

Student: Ieva Maria Eid
Route: BA interior design
Email: ee389[at]live.mdx.ac.uk
Instructors: Jon Mortimer, Michael Westhorp, Naomi House and Gavin Challand

Visualization of building interiors

Calan Women’s Safe House and Cafe by Emily Marzocchi

“This project aims to contain all parts of the rehabilitation process in one structure. To respond from the ‘first rescue’ to a rehabilitation process through a long-term use of the facility, ending with the reintegration of the guests back into society.

“The facility is designed as a retreat rather than a clinical environment. The key design feature is the adaptability and mobility of the space, which allows guests to comfortably find their own personal way of healing.”

Student: Emily Marzocchi
Route: BA interior design
Email: em1065[at]ive.mdx.ac.uk
Instructors: Jon Mortimer, Michael Westhorp, Naomi House and Gavin Challand

Visualization of street with buildings

Off Space by Miranda Cela

“Off Space is a project that aims to introduce new working, creating and learning environments inspired by how the public now work and engage in the high street following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The strategy uses existing redundant shops and inserts new access points to the upper levels where it allows both private and shared spaces to co-exist.

“Connections and closeness are fostered via shared and independent spaces that reintroduce psychological and physical connections lost through the pandemic.

“It promotes visual and physical experiences via a series of geometric, transparent volumes on multiple levels and lanes, enabling a variety of uses that help revitalize the high street.”

Student: Miranda Cela
Route: MA Interior
Email: mirandacela03[at]gmail.com
Instructors: Jason Scott and David Fern

Interior visualization of the petting zoo/farm area

Farm Therapy by Nigar Hasanzade

“Farm Therapy is a project that looks at new ways for communities to deal with mental and physical health conditions through an animal therapy support focus centre.

“It provides a social sanctuary for both rescue animals and people to escape and seek support after diagnoses.

“Four key services are proposed – a veterinary clinic, formal and informal therapy spaces and an urban farm.

“Fields and grazing trails allow the animals to interact with each visitor, creating a healthcare system that seeks to provide support through alternative, qualitative interaction.”

Student: Nigar Hassanzadeh
Route: MA Interior
Email: nhasanzadeh[at]gmail.com
Instructors: Jason Scott and David Fern

Exterior visualization of car wash with semi-transparent facade lit from the inside

The Midnight Furnace by Seongmin Kim

“The project aims to convert an existing car wash building into a public bathhouse for night workers.

“The idea of ​​caring and using water to purify and transform has moved from cars to night workers, a very niche and often neglected category.

“Using adaptive reuse strategies, the key elements of this building were retained and a new public space connecting internal and external activities and spaces was deployed.

“The act of cleansing that already existed in this building is transformed into a sequence of spaces where night workers can find their own identity, heal and socialize.”

Student: Seongmin Kim
Route: MA Interior
Email: seongmin93uk[at]gmail.com
Instructors: Francesca Murialdo, Naomi House and Gavin Challand

Aerial visualization of the site by the road

Life Pods by Burak Ozturk

“My project seeks to address responsible food consumption in relation to sustainability, health, community and environment.

“Life Pods provide a new supermarket typology that uses current technologies in vertical farming to co-produce food locally.

“The ambition is to introduce a new offering that helps reduce the product’s carbon footprint via collaboration with local and existing supermarket supply chains, tackle obesity and nurture new, healthier ways of eating.

“The design is driven by innovative methods of harvesting energy and resources through solar and rainwater harvesting.”

Student: Burak Ozturk
Route: MA Interior
Email: arch.burak.ozturk[at]gmail.com
Instructors: Jason Scott and David Fern

Partnership Content

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and Middlesex University. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

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