Marlowe Foyer Renovation

MELD, Canterbury, 2010


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  • Floor plan    
  • Elevation    
  • East elevation, existing and proposed    
  • Cross section    
  • Display wall plan, section and elevation    
  • Details of display cabinet    
  • Details of table    
  • Details of bench seat    
  • Marlowe Foyer before renovation    
  • Marlowe Foyer before renovation    
  • Marlowe Foyer before renovation    

Renovation of the entrance foyer to the Marlowe Building, University of Kent

The design introduced full-height sliding doors, in a gold anodised finish, set back behind the existing concrete structure allowing more light into the space and creating a colonnade distinguishing the more public areas of the building.

Coloured niches in a timber slatted wall for displaying architectural models, anthropological artefacts, and publications by members of staff tie the project in with it's setting. Steps to the front entrance have been replaced with a continuous level access ramp across the length of the foyer, in bricks to match the existing internal floor finish. A kitchen servery has also been added.

The architect and students designed the furniture which, when turned on end or side, can be used as display boards with tables incorporating coloured steel strips for non-drawing-damaging magnet ‘pin up,' ideal for the Kent School of Architecture, who are situated in the building.


  • Begun: Jan 2010
  • Completed: May 2010
  • Floor area: 170m2
  • Sectors: Public realm, Education
  • Total cost: £248,000
  • Procurement: JCT SBC 2005
  • Address: Marlowe Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NR, United Kingdom

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