Design Engine Architects AUB Design Studios Arts University Bournemouth

Design Engine Architects,

Jim Stephenson,

Poole, UK,


Award, Lighting Design,

The project by Design Engine Architects’ AUB Design Studios is a source of inspiration for students at the Arts University Bournemouth and has won the RIBA South West Award 2017.

Design Engine Architects AUB Design Studios Arts University Bournemouth

The Design Engine Architects architecture studio has transformed the spaces of two ex-residential halls on the Arts University Bournemouth campus, created in 2001 by Richard Horden Architect into spaces for study and teaching.

The new AUB Design Studios have recently been awarded the RIBA South West Award 2017, a regional prize given each year by the Royal Institute of British Architects. The jury was impressed by the project as it has used a few essential elementsto transform the existing buildings, giving the campus new spaces for teaching and study and becoming a source of inspiration for students. The two buildings share a common courtyard with seats for relaxing and socialising between students. The extensions of both buildings stretch into the courtyards. They are magenta-coloured, like their 3D printed studies, and students can leave their work there to share with the whole campus. The use of colour is important and underlines the different function of the extensions. The buildings have the same materials and colours: black brick exteriors and a white concrete interior. The most striking element of the design is its perforated aluminium panels that cover the exterior and give the whole an ethereal aspect, which is enhanced at night byLED lighting.

(Agnese Bifulco)

RIBA region: South West & Wessex
Architect practice: Design Engine Architects Ltd
Date of completion: August 2016
Client company name: Arts University Bournemouth
Structural Engineers: AKS Ward
Environmental / M&E Engineers: Avus Consulting Ltd
Project Management: Selway Joyce
Landscape Architects: HED Landscape
Acoustic Engineers: Ove Arup & Partners Ltd
Planning consultant: Turley
Lighting Design: Michael Grubb Studio
Location: Poole, UK

Images courtesy of RIBA, photo by Jim Stephenson