Play: Save Dunelm House

 

Studioshaw took part in a design charrette organised by campaign group ‘Save Dunelm House’ to rethink the future of the building, which currently stands as the brutalist Students Union building at Durham University. The building, constructed in 1964-66, is one of the last remaining Brutalist buildings in the North East England and is described as a tour de force of contextual modernism.

The brief called for a thoughtful, creative and viable proposal for how the building could be reconfigured, repaired and reused. Studioshaw proposed a radical transformation, with the introduction of an outdoor public cloisteresque park for students, locals and tourist alike. The reconfigured plan allowed for an indoor hall for cultural events and concerts, creating the flexibility and adaptability needed to allow Dunelm House to flourish both today and in the future.

Other practices including 6a, Hawkins Brown and Levit Bernstein also took part in the design charrette.