Regent's International Interior Design Competition 2019/20

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In association with Bloomsbury Publishing

The IN-BETWEEN SPACE competition invites students to design an Urban Thinking Space, which carefully frames, highlights or reveals an unusual and surprising ‘view’ and provides an environment for contemplating, dreaming, philosophising and pondering.

The competition is open to both UK and international pre-degree students (including A/S, A level, foundation and equivalent pre-degree programmes).

Please refer to the Terms & Conditions (subject to change) for guidelines and prizes.

Registration has now closed for the 2020 competition. 

Students will be required to submit their work by 17:00 GMT on Friday 28 February 2020.


In the Practice of Everyday Life, Michel de Certeau makes the distinction between ‘space’ and ‘place’, arguing that ‘space is a practised place’. Inserting a table and a few chairs into a room can transform it into a space to sit, meet and talk. Such acts of intervention can shape the way in which we experience the world.

But what about the in-between places? The leftover and forgotten spaces? The ones that no-one pays any nattention to? How can they be transformed into spaces for particular people and activities? These questions have preoccupied designers, architects and artists for many years.

We’d like you to continue the discussion by considering ways in which an in-between place in your local community could become a defined space in which people can dwell.

You could choose an insignificant place that people pass through on their way to somewhere more exciting – an abandoned building, a neglected industrial site or even a disused cupboard in your school. The space could be inside or outside, large or small, above ground or subterranean.

Your design could be temporary or permanent, real or  imagined, inhabited by humans or nature. Look closely at your chosen space and think about the qualities it has that you wish to explore.

Can you see any traces of human activity that could inform your ideas for transforming the place into a space in which people could dwell?

Could it be transformed into temporary housing for refugees or perhaps it would make a suitable location for a pop-up festival?

The brief

  • Choose an in-between place in your local community and design a space in which people can dwell.
  • Consider the place’s larger context – is it an object in a space, a space in a building, a space in-between buildings? Think about how this can inform your design.
  • Observe your chosen in-between place (if it is safe for you to do so). Reflect on how the space makes you feel. Why do you find it interesting? How might this help you to reimagine the place? What would you like future users of the space to experience? How would you address this in your designs?
  • Use drawings, photography and model-making to record your analysis. You can create models using any materials. During the design development phase, we would encourage you to explore materials and making.
  • Devise a possible scenario for how this in-between space may be used. Your design should communicate the ways in which the space could be inhabited over a 24-hour period. You’ll need to consider who the space is for, how they’ll use the space, what will attract them to it and how will they find it.

How to submit your work

Please submit digital copies of three A3 presentation boards. Submissions should be 300dpi and PDF format, and kept to a maximum file size of 12MB.

Your submission should include:

  • Photos and observational drawings/sketches of your chosen location.
  • Research images, references and sketch drawings & models of your initial ideas.
  • The design development process through drawing and model making
  • Photos of your final proposal model
  • A visualisation collage (3-D hand or 3-D digital drawings) that communicates your design proposal in its wider context (showing the site, its users and their activities at different times of day)

Email your entry to [email protected]

Students will be required to submit their work by 17:00 GMT on Friday 28 February 2020.