David Irwin with a model of the railings.
WHEN local design student David Irwin
finishes university this year he will be leaving his mark for
generations to come.
For the Hillsborough student has designed the
gates and railings which will be incorporated into Northumbria
University's new City Campus East.
21-year-old David is a final year student on
the 3D Furniture and Product Design course at the University and
his design was selected from around 30 other submissions from
students on the same course.
David's design features tubular bars of
stainless steel which represent the nervous system. The
underlying concept is based on the two sides of the brain - the
spatial side for the School of Design and the structured side
for the School of Law.
David said: "I created the analogy between
the brain and its nervous system to the landscape and its
railings, acting as systems of transport and movement to guide
people around the area and entice them into the complex. The use
of the railings is primarily to subconsciously transport and
usher people into and around the buildings as required."
He added: "The idea of movement and flow of
people became a main issue. I took inspiration from the ebb and
flow of a river, creating movement with a convex/concave pattern
which ties in neatly with the design of the buildings
Trevor Thurlow, Director of Estates at
Northumbria, said: "We asked each of the students to do a formal
presentation of their design. The standard of their creative
work was extremely high and their presentations were very
"However David's entry stood out. both for
its creative thinking and in the practical way he adhered to the