LANDLORD PLUG AND PLAY
This client was a landlord looking to refurbish and fitout a building they had recently purchased in the up and coming tech hub of Kings Cross in London. The brief was simple, to strip back the building and redo a full CAT A fit out and then redesign and fit out the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors to a CAT B plug and play scheme whereby they could lease an entire floor to a tenant. Common areas were also included within this scope of works, the most challenging aspect being the facade of the building whereby I needed to produce a design which would not require planning permission but still have enough of a profound impact to give the building a street presence.
Some challenges that were presented within this project included a structural column which inhibited our ability to open up lift lobbies to the main floor plates. Concrete poured floors that were to the first and second floors only which affected low level power layouts and COVID-19.
This project went to site in February 2020 and is due for completing in August 2020.
There was a clear underlying scandi theme for this design, soft pastels and textures were used as a contrast against the raw finish of the building. The concrete floors were polished and made good, existing windows retained a crittal effect and the typical London style brick work is seen within the surroundings, this pays homeage of the typical Kings Cross architecture and materials used within the area.
Elements of biophilia were introduced through the indirect effect of timber effect finishes and natural colours.
The new entrance was boxed out in a black metal sheet with a laser cutting for the new name of the building. This bold new entrance removed a smokers area and awning to create a more welcoming and experiential feature.