High Street, Southampton
Unilife is a developer and operator of luxury student accommodation. As the development site was in a busy city centre location, the client had a requirement that the project be completed quickly and with the minimum amount of disruption to the surrounding area. Stelling Properties worked with Unilife to engineer the best solution and used modular construction principles to deliver the project. The project consists of 95 luxury self-contained student studio apartments, with communal socialising and amenity areas over 5 storeys.
Plans have been submitted for a 97-bed PBSA student accommodation in the centre of Southampton. OWAL, who is the architect has designed with affordable style and service in mind to provide something more interesting than the usual student accommodation offer.
The rooms will be laid out in immaculate detail and guests will also benefit from a new restaurant and bar on the ground floor. This part of Southampton is being transformed through major mixed-use development and this project will add to that.
Design in Details
In design, we bring characteristics of the natural world into built spaces, such as water, greenery, and natural light, or elements like wood and stone. Encouraging the use of natural systems and processes in design allows for exposure to nature, and in turn, these design approaches improve health and wellbeing. There are a number of possible benefits, including reduced heart rate variability and pulse rates, decreased blood pressure, and increased activity in our nervous systems, to name a few.
Over time, our connections to the natural world diverged in parallel with technological developments. Advances in the 19th and 20th centuries fundamentally changed how people interact with nature. Sheltered from the elements, we spent more and more time indoors. Today, the majority of people spend almost 80-90% of their time indoors, moving between their homes and workplaces. As interior designers embrace biophilia.
Establishing multi-sensory experiences, we can design interiors that resonate across ages and demographics. These rooms and spaces connects us to nature as a proven way to inspire us, boost our productivity, and create greater well-being. Beyond these benefits, by reducing stress and enhancing creativity, we can also expedite healing. In our increasingly urbanized cities, biophilia advocates a more humanistic approach to design. The result is biophilic interiors that celebrate how we live, work and learn with nature. The term translates to ‘the love of living things’ in ancient Greek (philia = the love of / inclination towards), and was used by German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in The Anatomy of Human Destru ctiveness (1973).