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Astudio's £7million East London youth space opens

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Astudio has completed this £7million youth space in Poplar, East London

The building includes a gym, café, social and learning spaces, recording studios, and a 260m² triple-height concert hall.

Clad in bespoke aluminium cladding panels finished with a metallic, dichroic coating, the building changes colour when viewed from different angles. The building’s colour changes in appearance from grey to purple, and from green to gold.  

The scheme for Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association has taken four years to complete and was designed in consultation with local residents and young people.  

The project has been shortlisted in the civic and community category of this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards. The winner will be announced at the 2014 World Architecture Festival taking place at Moshe Safdie’s Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 1 – 3 October.  

AStudio's Spotlight Youth Centre

The architect’s view

The design concept was generated by the creation of two interlocking cubes around the central triple height multi-use performance hall. This space forms the heart of the building with the circulation on each floor wrapped around it, giving a clear logic to the internal layout and visually connecting the three main floors. Internal glazing provide views into the different spaces, assisting passive supervision and allowing the young people to see what other activities are going on within the building.

AStudio's Spotlight Youth Centre - section

Project data

Location Poplar, East London
Type of project youth centre
Client Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association
Architect Astudio
Completion date June 2014
Total cost £7million
Specific environmental target BREEAM Excellent

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