Spotlight Youth Space & Cafe
|Location:||Tower Hamlets, London|
|Type:||Community & Youth Space|
|Client:||Spotlight / Poplar HARCA|
Okra spent a number of days at the centre with the Spotlight team to better understand how the space was used, how to utilise the strong brand identity and establish where design could play a part. We conducted a series of engagement and co-design sessions with the young people and staff, testing ideas from materiality and colour through to programme and activity concepts.
The outcome is a series of playful interventions in a space within which young people feel ownership and agency. Areas are defined with soft boundaries and visual cues, using floor painting and metal framed structures to retain a sense of openness. A series of adaptable furniture items, such as moveable dividers and a meeting-dining table which transforms into a table tennis table, give the space the flexibility to host a number of activities.
Many of the installations are bespoke items created specifically for the space. We researched cost-effective materials and prototyped various elements of the design, testing these with users at Spotlight. By working closely with a local fabrication studio and utilising methods such as CNC production, we were able to ensure delivery to a tight budget.