This brief was for the complete interior fit-out competition for the Green Build Hub at the Eden Project, Cornwall. The client was Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust and their design and construction ethics are to adopt a Closed Loop – Cradle to Cradle approach, of which should be reflected using fully recyclable and reusable materials throughout. They wanted the building to be a healthy and inspiring place to occupy both as a member of staff and as a visitor, as the building is to be used as an educational facility on green building.
For the interior design and fit-out delivery, the project is using the RICS SKA rating assessment method and had to achieve a Gold rating. Working collaboratively amongst Interior Design & Sustainable Product Design at Falmouth University, the design delivery of the initial concept won us the competition and began working together with CSBT to create bespoke multi functional furniture designs that immediately responded to the building and clients needs.
We recognised the main atrium space did not fulfil its maximum potential as an educational centre. We have designed and now propose a platform that subdivides and creates a number of spaces that aim to facilitate learning workshops. These spaces will aim to encourage a more engaging and dynamic way of learning aside from the presentations/ lectures. The bespoke ‘learning boxes’ will offer the users of the Green Build Hub opportunity to learn/ work in teams or independently as well as holding meetings, having lunch or simply to have morning coffee. The reason for encouraging more thorough use of the atrium, is to maximise potential usage for the building. By arranging the dividers against the display walls, this harnesses the inherent sunlight and aims to fuel a healthy working environment.