Date posted: August 1, 2017
ArchitecturePLB’s refurbishment of the first floor of City, University of London’s Tait building has reached completion. Breathing new life in to the 1960’s building located on Northampton Square, the primary objective was to create a new communal destination for students and staff. The floor plate was opened up to create a hub at the buildings heart, as well as improve circulation around the building. A new fully glazed ‘learning link’ runs along the southside of the courtyard, creating a new connection with the new main entrance on Goswell Road. The learning link feeds into study spaces, multi faith spaces, the Student Union and an open plan cafe hub.
The cafe hub is designed as a multi functional space with a range of furniture to provide different settings; the central section is laid out as a cafe with stackable round tables and chairs, whilst the area along the Goswell Road elevation is furnished with a mix of high tables and soft furniture for study and social space.
A previously dreary and unexploited courtyard has been transformed in to a positive and useful space, as well as improving circulation to the rest of the floor.
The project marks the latest in a series of works by ArchitecturePLB for the University, which have included a ‘Harvard-style’ lecture theatre and the reconfiguration of the Department of Computer Science.