Resonate Interiors were appointed by Paragon Interserve’s Matt Bray and Paul Vinten to design a state of the art modern workplace to house the newly merged global construction company.
The client approached Resonate with a brief for a contemporary flexible workplace for circa 140 desks. Paragon required a flexible workspace and had a need for hot-desking, to encourage various teams in the business to collaborate and work together in a supportive and welcoming environment.
111 Old Broad street is a light and airy space with large deep floorplates, the challenge was to maximise the natural light into the depth of the space. The reception was a case in point where seating adjoins the exterior façade to allow light to penetrate into this reception space. The palette of materials were selected by Resonate for their longevity and solidity, contrasting modern corian with solid concrete and oak panelling a traditional British building material.
The meeting rooms are located just off this space allowing an easy transgression from reception to lounge area to meeting room. The manifestations of the meeting rooms had varying degrees of transparency but were a play on structural steel supports again reflecting the construction heritage. Subtle references to both brands are found in soft furnishings, lockers and bespoke carpet design within the hub.
The centrepiece of the office is the café hub, this is the “go-to-location” in the office for serendipitous meetings, project discussions or lunch breaks. Resonate have selected a deliberate & eclectic mix of furnishings, which allows a variety of settings from café to lounge to bar height. This is the heart of the space and has a warm homely feeling, with carpet tiles imitating Spanish tiles and a wide range of pendant light fittings over various seating areas.
To the back-end of the core workspace, there are three project rooms with clever pivoting metal mesh screens which provide semi-private spaces. All of these rooms are fitted with AV, making it a useful space for small teams to dive into for quiet time or small meetings.
Design: Resonate Interiors
Photography: Philip Durrant
Source: OfficeSnapsShos – Paragon Interserve Offices – London
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