Knowledgeable by altering attitudes to office design following the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2 buildings have been renovated with a concentrate on wellbeing and a connection to nature.
They’re situated inside a wider enterprise park in Studying, previously utilized by Microsoft.
Linked by a bridge at their centre, the 2 buildings include totally different services. One among them, named Right here, provides area for extra established firms, whereas the opposite, named Now, incorporates places of work for smaller firms and start-ups.
“Right here + Now could be situated on a enterprise park, not in a metropolis centre, which gives customers with a a lot nearer connection to nature and due to this fact higher alternative for exercise and wellbeing,” HawkinsBrown associate Massimo Tepedino instructed Dezeen.
“The concept is that firms can scale up or down and thereby keep on the campus for longer – this finally helps to create a way of group,” he added.
Whereas the 2 buildings share an identical materials and color palette, the finishes of every had been barely totally different primarily based on its tenants.
The strategy to the Now constructing focuses on more cost effective, versatile areas, whereas the Right here constructing is completed to the next specification.
Every of the 2 buildings options a big arrival atrium designed to evoke a way of “surprise”.
Within the Right here constructing, this area has a stack of assembly pods described by HawkinsBrown as a “treehouse”, whereas dehydrated moss-covered balconies animate the atrium in Now.
Shared by each buildings are a spread of on-site facilities, together with a gymnasium and therapy rooms, in addition to a “life-style supervisor” who organises occasions and workshops.
“The good thing about having two buildings share facilities is that workplace areas can accommodate a variety of budgets, whereas everybody advantages from best-in-class facilities and the chance to socialize with established professionals and younger entrepreneurs,” defined Tepedino.
The glass and steel buildings of the prevailing buildings have been handled internally with wood panelling, which enhances new wood seating areas and nooks.
Specific consideration was paid to the color scheme, with a muted palette meant to evoke the close by pure panorama and create a calming environment.
“We all know that colors can facilitate, regulate, and even affect individuals’s behaviour – our color palette takes its cues from the pure panorama and compliments the impartial tones of the prevailing buildings,” defined HawkinsBrown.
“The loos take inspiration from spas and resorts, with inexperienced shades and daring graphics create a powerful visible connection to nature and a chilled setting.”
Right here + Now has been shortlisted within the large workplace interior category of Dezeen Awards 2023.
Different initiatives just lately accomplished by HawkinsBrown embody a student hub at Queen’s University Belfast with RPP Architects and the transformation of the historic Central Foundation Boys’ School in London.
The pictures is by Jack Hobhouse.