The College offers access courses for older students so the area needed to be suited to adult tastes, as well as having suitable furniture for larger occupants. The architect had chosen grey carpet with a light green speckle pattern, along with a feature green carpet strip distinguishing two areas – one an IT benching area and the other area for individual study pods. We tied in the chairs with the colour scheme as well as providing ergonomic seating for adults with ErgoFlex swivel chairs in lime green.
For the IT benching area, there were less windows than in the other study area, and the College wanted us to ensure there was as much visibility and light as possible. They wanted the separate IT booths to have light to make it easier to concentrate when studying, instead of being stuck in a dark box. We had to find a solution to allow as much light as possible to flow through the area, so we installed frosted glass partitions between each computer station. These give each student privacy to work but still allow natural light to pass through.