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UCLan art graduate ‘bathes’ in success

05 August 2013

Press Office

Anna’s vision for historic landmark

Anna Lysik, a Polish student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has paired her love of interior design with a fascination and admiration of old heritage buildings to create a new vision for the Victoria Baths in Manchester.

The 29-year-old final year student, based in Manchester, developed and created a plan based around the elements of water, air and space to design a prospective new body and mind gym.

The whole concept is based around movement and light, drawing on historical inspiration to ensure the perfect balance of old and new.

Home to the first ever Jacuzzi, Anna used the heritage of the Victoria Baths to shape her vision for a three-room exercise gym, with all foundations taking inspiration from yoga movements and flight pattern.

“My degree project was one of the most interesting designs I’ve ever worked on. It’s allowed me to combine a love of interior design with structure and architecture. I am really proud of the final project.”

In keeping with the building’s heritage and grade status, all structures would be self-supported and could be erected without the need for drills or nuts and bolts.

Anna said: “I wanted to design something that would celebrate the history of the Victoria Baths while creating a modern space that families and young professionals could enjoy.

“My degree project was one of the most interesting designs I’ve ever worked on. It’s allowed me to combine a love of interior design with structure and architecture. I am really proud of the final project.”

“The tutors at UCLan are extremely supportive and I don’t think any other university could help me develop in the same way.”

Anna, originally from Opole, Poland, hopes to return to UCLan to continue her academic career as a postgraduate as well as doing work experience and exploring her knowledge of architecture.

“I have been in the UK for the past five years and intend to stay for longer. I am eager to expand my CV and undertake work experience before returning to UCLan to continue my studies.

“The tutors at UCLan are extremely supportive and I don’t think any other university could help me develop in the same way.”