Realys has developed a new design for their own design consultancy located in London.
Realys disrupts traditional models to provide step-change design, project and portfolio solutions for the built environment. Realys believe that genuine difference can only come from disruption, so when approaching the design of their own office they wanted it to reflect these values. Focusing on inclusion, fluidity and natural materials, the space is a welcome break from the ‘traditional’, heavily partitioned office.
Positioned on the sixth floor of 40 Gracechurch Street, at the heart of the City of London, Realys’ office features floor to ceiling windows, inspiring conference rooms and bursts of colour throughout.
Designed by the firm’s Design Director, Tim Hardingham, to meet the stakeholders’ objectives to attract and retain the industry’s best talent, the stunning space has been carefully curated to encourage the flow of people around the office – promoting collaboration through flexible desk locations, mobile storage boxes and state-of-the-art technology. Visiting clients are also encouraged to use the space as their own through the automatic connection to a secure WIFI and printer network upon arrival.
The design also incorporates conversation pods, meeting spaces and quiet work areas lined in sound-proofed fabric for maximum efficiency, but minimal disturbance. Irregular floor-plate and awkward corners were transformed with relaxing furniture and vibrant yellow carpets to create invigorating areas; meanwhile, the use of glass walls and three-quarter height office pods throughout the workspace allows light to flow freely. The use of glass also cleverly breaks down the barriers between colleagues, and each desk position enjoys views into another space. The new office incorporates industry-leading technology and enhanced connectivity: every meeting room features state-of-the-art LCD screens, and each informal meeting area and break-out space includes Apple TV.
Photography: Ani Sarpe