The restoration and conversion of a Grade 1 listed historical building that was once the biggest Tobacco Dock in the world. Rescued from its fate as a ghostly abandoned shopping mall, the impressive structure was repurposed as a beautiful space with open plan offices, meeting rooms, huge events spaces and state of the art facilities including showers and fully equipped kitchens.
With a view to creating a vibrant community of entrepreneurial people, the building adapts around growing businesses as the internal space is designed to be moveable. The building’s unique features like the vaulted ceilings were emphasised by the internal layout and lighting plan. The carnivorous interior also provides room for generous wooden desks 1200mm wide offering plenty of space for individual or collaborative work.
Large, chunky velvet covered sofas, soft rugs and heavy use of natural materials were used to soften the interior and natural light also floods into the vaults via large windows leading out onto a courtyard. These features juxtapose perfectly with the clean, powerfully industrial feel of the original brick creating a New York Loft style office space.
Photography: Courtesy of Hubble