This privately held group focused on long term investments in companies with premium brands, attractive growth and strong margin dynamics needed to relocate from their existing premises due to the conclusion of their lease and growth in staff numbers. A 5,812 sq ft workplace in Paddington was selected to be their new London base. Their brief to us was to design a smart, elegant and sophisticated space encouraging a focused and calm approach to work.
Unlike many typical modern workplaces, this company required a number of enclosed executive office areas over retaining a completely open plan layout. They were enthusiastic about making these offices as transparent, spacious and light as possible with minimal solid partitions.
Natasha Bonugli, Regional Principal, Design, said: “Much emphasis is placed on collaboration in modern workspace design but our research would indicate that the majority of the working day is spent on tasks requiring focus.
“Creating a serene space for concentration that retains a strong sense of brand identity is a challenge but I believe that we have created a design that is minimal but also imbues the team with energy.”
The single work floor comprises of a combined reception, waiting and open plan work areas; two meeting rooms; enclosed offices accommodating approximately 11 staff members; one tea point complete with a breakout zone and showcase areas for informal client meetings.
“The professional and polished culture of the business allowed us to create a workplace which was precisely detailed and refined,” explained, Greta Kriovaite, Lead Interior Designer on the project.
“This provided an opportunity to reflect the nature of the firm within the physical space. We demonstrated this through aesthetic decisions and materiality, using black steel crittall for partitions, marble and brass contrasted with velvet in tones of cornflower and aubergine and stand-alone planting amongst the space.”