Marlowe Foyer
University of Kent at Canterbury


This project began as a brief set for the University of Kent architecture students to look at ways of enhancing the area of campus in and around the Marlowe Building, home to the Kent School of Architecture. Fourth year student Pier-Luigi del Renzio’s proposal identified the opportunity for their foyer space to open out and connect with a wider university community, recognising the potential of the school’s prominent siting on campus.

Key parts of the design include: introducing full-height sliding doors, in a gold anodised finish, set back behind the existing concrete structure allowing more light into the space and creating a colonnade distinguishing the more public areas of the building; coloured niches in a timber slatted wall for displaying architectural models; a new kitchen servery; replacing the steps to the front entrance with a continuous level access ramp across the length of the foyer in brick pavers to match the existing internal floor finish.


meld also designed the furniture which, when turned on end or side, can used as display boards with tables incorporating coloured steel strips for non-drawing-damaging magnet ‘pin up’.

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University of Kent


Spring 2010