We're pretty sure college digs certainly never look like this when we were studying. Briefed to transform soulless student housing in Spitalfields into an appealing hangout that oozed design cred, London firm Tigg Coll Architects looked to members' only clubs for inspiration.

A handful of buttery leather lounges, plenty of raw timber, concrete flooring and a dose of exposed cabling later, and they had achieved just that. 

Apartment crush: you won't believe what this cool East London space is used for

"It was important to us to make sure the feel was relaxed and informal to invoke a sense of home but also to serve the aspirational and creative needs of young people living in the building," architect David Tigg told Dezeen.

Apartment crush: you won't believe what this cool East London space is used for

To that end, he positioned booth seating and a publicly accessible cafe near the entrance to create a welcoming vibe, removed security barriers, added a communal table to the lobby and repositioned the reception desk. Mission complete.

Apartment crush: you won't believe what this cool East London space is used for

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