Refurbishment of Central London loft space into an open plan office
The space – part of an old Auction warehouse – had an unusually high ceiling, but it suffered from a shortage of natural light. The courtyard above was therefore adapted to insert a large sculptural roof light formed from circular glass blocks set into unfinished concrete. This skylight allowed generous amounts of daylight into the space whilst also emphasising its distinctive industrial character. Two walls of white painted exposed brick and a bleached oak block floor were introduced to strengthen that atmosphere, while a mezzanine level was added to provide a level of privacy for the administration team and director.
The rooms under the mezzanine were used to house the kitchen and other secondary areas, along with a meeting room that was separated from the rest of the space by a glass wall – privacy being maintained by filling the shelves with a variety of decorative objects that prevents any sense of claustrophobia while maintaining a degree of separation.
All the furniture was specially designed and built to allow maximum flexible use to be made of the room, maintaining a palette of pale grey and natural oak to minimise visual distraction; colour was provided by art pieces set into the walls, while the Shower and WC make use of coloured glass and bright flooring to enliven areas that are often overlooked.