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The Cass, Aldgate

Completion Date 2012

Contract Value £1.3m

Client London Metropolitan University

Working with the Academic team at London Met’s Architecture Research Unit (ARU), ArchitecturePLB developed and prepared the design to move the School of Architecture and Spatial Design into refurbished space near Aldgate East. We were appointed as part of a full consultant team to develop the design from Stage B to Stage D, based on the extensive research, concepts and brief initially prepared by the ARU, and who, as members of the ASD teaching staff are also principle end users.

The design is conceived as a strip-out back to the shell of the building, allowing new insertions to create the briefed spaces, including: cellular Diploma studios; the ‘boulevard’ - a central circulation, social learning and exhibition space; meeting / 'Crit' rooms; new toilets; and open plan, flexible studio space.

The proposed design includes a palette of self-finished materials, exposed services and localised ‘making good’ of existing elements. The project includes creating new structural voids through the existing slabs with new connections made from bespoke joinery items; these ‘domestic stairs’ aim to encourage communication between floors and a sense of shared identity.