The Locker Room

Belsize Architects, London, 2012

 

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Refurbished locker room in the London School of Economics Old Building

The existing LSE locker room was unwelcoming, overcrowded, damp and unfriendly, with poor ventilation and lighting. The structure was corroded and the lockers were insecure and battered. Low ceilings carrying bulky services made usage difficult.

A lighter structure addressed corrosion and improved sightlines, while allowing better usage of space. Alterations to the staircase create additional space. Services were re-routed to improve headroom. The introduction of bold colour and LSE branding emphasises the main elements, creates contrast, and lifts the space to create an attractive, friendly and contemporary environment.

Graphics continue the branding with oversized letters and numbers offering distinctiveness and legibility. A light colour palette brightens the space and reduces the need for artificial lighting. A transparent box at the entrance provides controlled access, passive surveillance and clear views through to the new area. The lockers are low in height to give views over the top, providing additional safety and security.

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  • Completed: Sep 2012
  • Floor area: 194m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £110,000
  • Address: London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom

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