A subterranean computer lab with limited natural light was transformed into "den like" student lounge. Large format panels of backlit micah surround a central structural column to create the illusion of a chimney. This notional glowing "flire" acts as a centre piece to the space.
A series of terraced steps run off the main platform to create seating and desking opportunities which offer students social and group learning opportunities.
Converting such a computer room, a near windowless concrete box, was a challenge. Rather than a "dressed up box" with nice furniture, Design nest proposed to convert the box into habitable terrains of many levels that the students could occupy less formally. The result is a room with a variety of spaces to occupy with little additional furniture beyond the built terrain.
Finishes and unique lighting humanise the room which the faculty head has nicknamed “Kakadu”