Students and staff from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Epsom teamed up with Studio TILT for an engaging and user-led workshop to codesign their Quadrangle communal space.
More than 30 people from UCA came together to design and build spaces in the first comake marathon. The comaking process encouraged skill sharing, mutual learning and shared experiences to develop community further and create a vibrant civic space for the students.
Studio TILT led a series of workshops with students and staff to understand the requirements for the space. We then created a sequence of architectural designs that give an identity and social function to the external quadrangle area inspired by some of UCA Epsom’s subjects: graphics and fashion and by the creative input of those involved in the workshops.
The final designs were built over a 48-hour period including the Pier – a landmark structure in prime position in the Quadrangle, a student-centred democratic area. The timber structure was clad in CNC cut plywood and created an artificial landscape of layers, levels and screens to form a shelter around the existing trees to accommodate a number of student-run recreational activities.
The ‘Flying Lines’ extend from the Quadrangle entrance, bouncing off columns and rising and falling like a ship’s rigging. Higher than head height, the wires can be used to display graphical work, oversized prints and clothes from the fashion department. Deck chairs are dotted around the Quadrangle, each upholstered with graphical work by graduating students. The ‘Shed’ is a presentation and marketplace for student work, each cubby hole can display an object or artefact acting as an intimate gallery space or as a retail space selling student work, food or refreshments.
The space is part of a long-term project aimed at encouraging collaboration between students, giving them the experience of working to a brief, while allowing them to take an active part in designing and building their study environment.