This refurbishment of an office space sitting on the top floor of a 1960’s office block in West London, connected an inhabited office to an additional uninhabited office space on the same floor. We worked with interior architect Hugo Helene and building contractor, Area Square, knocking through by removing a wall that ran the length of the space, doubling the overall footprint. An open reception area with reading nook and bookshelves welcomes you into the space and leads on to various sized meeting rooms, including a 16 person boardroom with a bespoke walnut and brass table designed and built in collaboration with Oscar Lessing of Silo Studio. There were several open creative brainstorming areas that could be used more flexibly than meeting rooms. Privacy and noise were an important consideration in this brief so careful thought was needed for space planning and sound proofing.
Much of the furniture was custom made by our network of local, highly skilled cabinet makers and craftspeople using natural and authentic materials, evoking a more homely and sincere environment. Rebecca McDonald created some engaging and beautiful ceiling installations in the three smallest meeting rooms, making the most of the ceiling height in these cosy rooms.
A large open kitchen and dining area was designed for maximum flexibility for employees. A large pull down projector screen enabled computer tournaments to become a highlight of the working week.
The build had to be approached in three phases as half of the office was already inhabited. Plants were an important feature in the office but space being a premium in Central London, floor space was limited so we kept as much of the planting off the floor by hanging and designing vertical living walls.