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University of East London, Knowledge Dock

London, United Kingdom

On a tight schedule and budget, Gensler redesigned space for the University of East London’s business and innovation centre, creating meeting and collaboration spaces where users learn and work in new ways. The design team first identified the needs of each user type – student, teacher, business user or visitor – and then created an open, fluid workspace organized by activity. Active spaces are near the entrance, while focus spaces lay deeper within the plan. Flexibility is key, with adaptable presentation areas, mobile writable screens and multiple collaboration spaces. Bold graphics lead users through the space, and mark the Knowledge Dock as a unique place on campus.