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The COVID-19 pandemic changed how employees view the workplace. With many tasks capable of being completed at home, offices need to places to collaborate. In addition, the pandemic showed how infectious the workplace can be. In order to maintain productivity, these spaces need to place an emphasis on employee health.
This global investment firm has certainly experienced these shifting attitudes, while at the same time growing its business.
To re-enliven their existing space and adapt to workplace changes with a focus on sustainability, additional conference rooms were added while some lounge spaces were scaled back to expand their work areas. The design incorporates biophilic elements to connect employees with nature and enhance indoor air quality. Healthy, eco-friendly materials have been used in the construction and furnishing of the space, reducing the carbon footprint of the project. This global investment firm places a strong emphasis on fostering the well-being of its employees.
The Spectorgroup team seamlessly integrated the hospitality ethos with the unique identity of their London Headquarters, crafting a welcoming atmosphere akin to a home away from home in their new office. This transformation not only prioritized the overall employee experience but also optimized the work environment by centering on wellness, staff engagement, and business development.
Biophilic elements were maximized in this space to bring in elements that speak to a calm and lush landscape, adding natural wood features to further emphasize the idea of wellness. Through strategic planning, there will always be an opportunity to bring plants, foliage, and shrubbery into the fold without compromising the layout or the design.
From antique lighting to repurposed furniture and scattered artwork, the office exudes a timeless aesthetic that welcomes employees and visitors with a sense of history.
The space originally exhibited a mix of collaboration and dedicated seating, so the existing lounges were rethought to encourage use in a variety of ways. Areas were layered within the space, showcasing a mix of materials, textures, and greenery, creating a dynamic and inviting atmosphere.
In this lounge area, the team intentionally used color and texture to break things up without applying extra finishes. The furnishings have been reused, revived, and repurposed to support the organization’s goals for now and into the future.
For moments of focus, our team chose darker colors and strategic lighting to create warmth and depth to help calm and soothe. These considerations are especially important when designing for employees with neurodiversity who may need a quiet place to work.