User experience design (UX, UXD, UED or XD) ‘is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product’.

The Intelligent Design Centre does not believe this is often achieved in Architecture and that the detailed picture, the one associated building experience, is often overlooked at the expense of grandiose concepts.

St Michael’s was amongst a number of school projects that provided an opportunity to demonstrate this approach.  Faced with the need to accommodate new pupils in temporary accommodation IDC worked with the head teacher to deliver a Whole School Development Plan.  This not only proposed off-site manufactured zero carbon user-experience-designed classrooms, it also considered the wider implication of increasing school numbers such as staff accommodation, storage, catering, increased car parking and security.

Location: Bowthorpe, Norwich

Keys Aspects: Intelligent Design, UXD