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‘The Hive’ Bristol Brunel Academy

DKA were asked to provide an interior concept scheme for the redevelopment of an under-used student ‘Cyber Café’. The proposal provides a working lounge for teachers, giving them the space for large presentations and meetings as well as more intimate space for group working at PCs or a quick catch-up over a coffee.

We proposed ‘The Hive’ as a concept that encapsulated the idea of coming together to work collaboratively and expressed this through the interior finishes by drawing on the shapes found in a natural hive structure. The design also had to consider the privacy implications of a large ventilation opening which connected the space to the upper floors, allowing students to look into the space from above.