Third year BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student, Claire Armstrong-Gautier wins a Highly Commended Award for her project, Home Bargate. The project aims to combat the negative effects of age segregation in the UK.

Claire presented a case for re-purposing redundant commercial buildings (in this case a shopping centre in Southampton) to promote Multi-generational living. Her project was as much about the social and psychological benefits of bringing different age groups together in one space as it was about the design. The design was based around mass-produced, ‘plug-in’ living units organised in small groups around shared social spaces. The communal spaces provide a wide range of platforms aimed to encourage residents of all ages to connect with one another. Connections to nature have been made throughout the design creating positive, high quality living spaces for all.

Speaking about her project, Claire said:

“Design, in all its forms, has such incredible power to create positive change within the world. For me, it is not only important to design with social and sustainable issues in mind but it is so much more enjoyable. To be given this opportunity and an award is amazing and gives me faith in the possibility to continue designing conscientiously”.

See Claire’s creative conscience winning project.