The client required an informal and not overtly corporate office interior. They briefed Resonate Interiors to create a homely & comfortable environment, where the whole team could occupy one floor and where transparency was created throughout.
Responding to the brief, Resonate have designed an office interior that has real character, charm and a slightly eclectic scheme that allows for the practice to continue maturing but supporting its business needs.
The reception is an integral part of the office design, acting as a warm welcome whilst setting the tone of the floor. On entering the floor visitors are greeted by a skyline of London, representative of the many projects Core Five are running in our capital. Wide plank timber flooring, made of a specialist oak, has been used throughout this space, evoking a sense of solidity and stability. The copper reception desk provides a striking contrast against this setting, whilst adding warmth and a contemporary hue. The Core Five logo, positioned behind the desk, is set into an Armourcoat panel symbolising concrete and again, a solid backdrop to the business. The reception space also has a dual functionality acting as a lounge and meeting space for visitors and staff alike, creating a buzz throughout the office.
A deliberate connection has been created between the open plan office space and the reception with a large cut out around the bar and glazed panel allowing light to penetrate throughout the space. Views out to the Shard were maximised from the boardroom and reception area. The open-plan space was deliberately repetitive to allow a sense of rhythm and capitalise on the square footage of the floor plate. To break this up, a wide walkway carpet design called ‘the waterfall,’ was created out of 30 different Milliken carpet tiles, and has been laid in the middle of the office, adding a unique direction and interest to the floor.
Meeting rooms are situated at the various corners and supporting workplace but kept deliberately transparent. A kitchen pantry, open for all to utilise and break away from the office floor environment is situated to one end and allows seating with views to the Shard and beyond.
The project was delivered extremely quickly, to a tight budget, with a short lease in mind; it is an example of contractor and designer working well hand-in-hand. The space offers Core Five a new home to be proud of and a cohesive floor plate that presents diverse settings allowing this successful and exciting business to grow even further.
Design: Resonate Interiors