Scandinavia was transformed by shedkm into 241 self-contained and ensuite student bedrooms for developer Downing.
Originally used as the residence, manufactory and display rooms of a Victorian furniture maker, the buildings had been home to visiting sailors, a wartime parachute factory, and a snooker hall before becoming derelict at the end of the last century.
At a key entry point into Liverpool city centre, the former Scandinavian Hotel buildings had long been a controversial eyesore and the subject of many failed regeneration attempts. Our solution was to work with the external walls and structural skeleton of the buildings and to carve out an open-air central courtyard within the existing deep plan. The accommodation sits above a large retail unit, foyer and ancillary spaces, and bold new roof additions announces the buildings overdue change of use to the neighbouring community.