British structure observe Squire and Companions and workplace design agency Modus Workspace have retained the ornate cast-iron columns and glazed tiles of a Nineteenth-century warehouse in London whereas turning it into a recent workspace.
Situated in London’s Victoria, the Greencoat Place constructing was initially used as a warehouse, storeroom and meals corridor for the Military & Navy Shops – a army cooperative turned division retailer that was acquired by Home of Fraser in 1973.
Now, the constructing belongs to serviced workplace supplier Fora and homes a mixture of workspaces and facilities together with a health studio, a vibrant terrazzo bar and a vertical farm on the lower-ground degree, the place contemporary produce is grown for staff to take dwelling or eat for lunch.
Two historic halls sit on the coronary heart of the constructing – one serving as a versatile communal house for occasions or informal conferences, whereas the opposite is a workspace flooded with pure mild from a skylight above.
References to the constructing’s previous could be discovered all through its interiors. This consists of rigorously preserved mouldings and glazed tiles, some that includes marine particulars in a nod to Military & Navy Shops’ historical past as a army cooperative, which provided officers and their households with price-controlled items.
The constructing’s cast-iron columns and unique metal doorways had been restored together with the vaulted ceilings on the decrease floor degree. In locations the place the unique brickwork was uncovered, the design workforce intentionally left layers of paint behind to visualise the renovation course of.
Modus Workspace selected a delicate, calm inside palette to distinction with the constructing’s industrial shell. Lime-washed oak was paired with richly textured materials and arch-shaped particulars, which echo the arches within the unique halls.
Vibrant mosaic tiling unearthed in neighbouring residential buildings was reinterpreted within the flooring of the workplace’s communal areas, introducing color and sample.
Open lounge areas present a relaxed atmosphere to calm down and collaborate whereas a collection of video name cubicles are geared up with built-in lighting designed to point out individuals of their finest mild.
Video name amenities are additionally obtainable in each assembly room to cater to hybrid working patterns, whereas safe cycle storage, altering amenities and showers promote an lively commute or lunch break.
Consistent with biophilic design ideas, the inside combines loads of planting, daylight and pure supplies in a bid to reinforce occupants’ wellbeing.
To make the Victorian constructing extra vitality environment friendly and minimise its operational emissions, the structure agency put in new glazing, sensor-controlled lighting and a variable refrigerant circulation (VRF) system, which solely circulates the minimal quantity of refrigerants wanted throughout a single heating or cooling interval.
Two former industrial buildings are additionally within the working for the title – Dyson’s world HQ housed in a Singapore energy station and a shared workspace, which is ready within the generator constructing that after provided Bristol’s tram system.
The pictures is by Jack Hobhouse.