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Multi-award-winning interiors and architecture practice 74 has completed a stand-out student amenities project for client London and Scottish Student Housing within their new-build Symons House student accommodation block in Leeds. 74 also created the project’s branding and wayfinding.
The interiors took inspiration from the building’s architecture, where the materials reference a recognisable local residential vernacular, with a 1930s feel, including brushed brick and aluminium window frames. The brief to 74 was to create a sophisticated and high-spec scheme with grown-up colours, great detailing and a pronounced hotel/hospitality influence, representing a step away from the bright primary colours used for many current student schemes.
Newmor supplied bespoke wallpaper, in various colours including the below design featuring an arrows pattern.
74 worked with the building’s unusual angled glazed box base to make the most of views into and through the amenity space, with the ground floor level visible at one end and a ground plus half-storey view into the lower-ground gym space at the other. The material treatment includes crittal doors, responding to the exterior metalwork, with a double-dado rail treatment also tying into the door and window levels. Large, rectangular lighting rafts in bronze-painted timber continue the metallic references. Eclectic furniture sits within a neutral base palette, with bespoke items, such as the reception desk, featuring a faux leather treatment with studded metallic vertical dividing lines, inspired by case goods and golden-age travel.
A final element of 74’s amenity-space design is the private dining room on the 8th floor that looks out over a roof terrace, designed by landscape architects re-form (also responsible for the ground-floor external terrace space). The space features a built-in kitchen and island by Gemini, as well an 8-person black-laminate-topped table with pendant lights overhead by Muuto and a loose furniture area.