The BIID Student Design Challenge is an annual, day long competition for final year university students of interior design and interior architecture. Universities are represented by their team, who have just 7 hours to turn a brief, given to them on the day, into a cohesive design for a panel of judges.
The stakes are high; only three teams can place, and they have only five minutes to present their designs to the judges.
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1st Place: University
2nd Place: Birmingham City University
3rd Place: University of Portsmouth
Judges: Dan Hopwood, BIID President; Katie Treggiden, Confessions of a Design Geek; Ben Spriggs, Elle Decoration
Location: Campus London
Brief: Your client is Campus London, the beating heart of London’s start-up ecosystem, providing its 50,000 entrepreneurs a space to work on the next big thing. With a mix of conference rooms to desk space, co working areas and chill-out zones, the Campus has become London’s go-to for start-ups.
The building has seen 600 events take place this year and prides itself on its ability to host people from any type of business, from any walk of life. Campus London is a democratic space to launch the businesses of the future, and it is always expanding.
Your task is to design a flexible co-working environment for level 3 of the Campus (this floor). Your space must accommodate 75 people who should be able to use the space as a working environment to develop their business, meet clients and break out, as well as host events.
Your design should be sustainable and environmentally aware. You should consider the essentials of any working environment in your design.
Finally, you are also tasked with creating a ‘think-tank zone’. This part of the brief is your opportunity to showcase your most creative ideas, to design a space for the Campus’ members to detach from reality and invent the next big thing.
Participants: Portsmouth University, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, Lincoln University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University Campus Suffolk, Coventry University, London Metropolitan University
1st Place: University of Hertfordshire
2nd Place: University of Lincoln
Judges: Susie Rumbold, President of the British Institute of Interior Design; Colleen Molloy, National Development Officer at City of Sanctuary; Mark Salama, Mark is currently studying at South Leicestershire College and volunteering with the British Red Cross. Mark trained as an architect in Egypt where he established his own engineering and contracting company and Malka Al Haddad, Malka is an artist, academic, feminist and human rights activist from Iraq where she established a Cultural Arts Centre for Women.
Location: De Montfort University
Brief: In the near future, as the global refugee crisis worsens, there is an urgent need for temporary accommodation across the UK. De Montfort has offered this space as a temporary shelter for refugees to stay whilst longer term accommodation is identified.
Your brief for today is to redesign the space you are in as temporary accommodation for 60 people:
Participants: De Montfort University, Glasgow Caledonian University/ City of Glasgow College, University of Hertfordshire and the University of Lincoln.
1st Place: De Montfort University
Joint 2nd Place: University of Dundee and the University of Lincoln
Judges: BIID President Charles Leon; Bertie Van Wyk, Workplace Specialist at Herman Miller; Maureen Whyberd, Senior Community Development Manager at Open Age and Frances Judge an active member of the Open Age community.
Location: Herman Miller Showroom
Brief: As the modern work force ages, older people are now looking for employment opportunities in a world that may be very different from the one they experienced when they first stepped onto the career ladder. Older people will need to acquire new technical skills that the average job seeker is now expected to be competent in.
Your task for today is to design a ‘Hub for the Third Age’. This will be a new type of public space that performs three main functions:
Please consider the following in your design:
Participants: University of Bedfordshire, Lincoln University, Anglia Ruskin University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Dundee, De Montfort University, Ulster University and the University of Hertfordshire