A group of architecture students from London South Bank University are working alongside Architecture for Humanity to help design the reception area at BRC.
Their brief is “to research, design and construct an exemplary reception desk, made almost entirely from re-used materials. This multifunctional element will act as a focal point for the open plan reception as well as a workstation for a number of staff working at the centre. The design of this piece will need to confidently showcase the benefit of engaging architects and designers to create re-purposed solutions and ensure that all visitors, volunteers and staff passing through the centre realise this potential.”
They are kicking off the project by researching what waste materials are produced by local businesses and on local construction sites, and how these could be used in the design. Their research will inform not only the reception desk project, but also the AfH team’s efforts to incorporate locally reused materials into all aspects of the construction of BRC.
The students are part of LSBU’s Humanitarian Hub – founded by Zohra Chiheb to bring together students and academics from across engineering, architecture, planning and social policy to discuss and research humanitarian design and international development.