Naomi Cleaver, Unit 904 Falcon Wharf, 34 Lombard Road, London SW11 3RY
Naomi Cleaver, The Studio, Hembury Hill, Broadhembury, Devon EX14 3LA
The Shield, Newcastle
In a city already dense with student accommodation Naomi sought a fresh, distinctly warm approach, resulting in a lovingly crafted expression of both the Geordie character and Newcastle’s dramatic topography and muscular industrial heritage. This was chiefly articulated by dynamic ceiling and lighting treatments animating both arrival and core circulation spaces, while concealing necessary but ugly service grilles.
Local fabrication skills were further deployed on a tactile collection of custom joinery pieces and furniture, creating multi-functional, acoustically-sensitive amenity spaces that are effective and inviting for the entire community of personnel and residents.
Naomi also expanded the originally limited designation of students’ increasingly valuable study space through simple but intelligent space planning such as re-framing the operator’s meeting room as a work room accessible to all.
The atmosphere conceived is made complete by building and wayfinding signage commissioned and supervised by Naomi from communications designer, Siobhan Frost, immediately communicating to residents the value in which they are held and setting a new, sophisticated standard for the sector.
YEAR OF COMPLETION: 2017
LOCATION: Newcastle, England
SERVICES: Concept design, detailed design, tender information, signage concept, fabrication and installation (in collaboration with Siobhan Frost).