An workplace will get a dose of ingenuity with this reimagining of company house by Buckley Grey Yeoman
Phrases by Sophie Tolhurst
Pictures by Jack Hobhouse
26 October 2020
Inside fit-out venture worth
Buckley Grey Yeoman
Blackburn & Co
Heyne Tillett Metal
Planning marketing consultant
Branding and design company
Every thing In Between
M&E marketing consultant
Peter Deer and Associates
Rights of sunshine/get together wall surveyor
Level 2 Surveyors
Colliers; Allsop; Richard Susskind & Firm
Panagram, designed by Buckley Grey Yeoman (BGY) for developer Dorrington, is 52,000ft2 of workplace house in a pink granite constructing on Goswell Highway, London.
The constructing had a ‘watered-down postmodern metropolis look’, describes Oliver Bayliss, director at BGY and venture lead. On first look, he explains, many would assume to switch the dated facade: ‘there’s a type of pure response, “Oh, we’ve received to reclad it, or knock it down and begin once more,” and really we simply felt you don’t must do any of that. Sure there are some quirks… however we felt we may at all times use these to our benefit, as a substitute of spending a great deal of cash taking place what is sort of an exhaustive and never significantly sustainable path – recladding, ripping off all of the items and taking it out.’
‘PANAGRAM’, firmly and proudly throughout the facade
BGY usually approaches a constructing on this manner, seeking to discover one side to show it round fairly than beginning once more. The bottom ground is an apt place for such an intervention, Bayliss suggests, ‘As a result of, really, folks don’t are inclined to stroll round trying up.’
Feeling the road frontage provoked little engagement, BGY pushed out the doorway barely to create an entrance ‘portal’ in a vibrant, however complementary, terrazzo to the constructing’s pink granite, twisting the company aesthetic into one thing extra playful. Above the doorway in a white terrazzo is the constructing’s identify, Panagram, whereas the edges of the portal have the quantity 27, the workplace’s Goswell Highway tackle.
The constructing asserts proper from the off that it’s not simply your typical workplace. The truth is, it makes you surprise whether it is an workplace in any respect; trying in from the road at a big 1,560ft2 open house, via the fully-glazed floor ground, it lacks the same old landmark of a reception desk. The likelihood that it could possibly be mistaken for one thing else – a gallery maybe – is an ambiguity that BGY actively sought. The receptionist, untethered from a desk, as a substitute emerges from behind a curtain to greet these coming in – performing as a form of maître d’, with the goal of offering a extra ‘elevated’ hospitality-style service, Bayliss explains.
The reception room that comes with inexperienced plants and minus a reception desk
Rather than a desk, there’s a curved island of leather-based seating round a small tree, a collection of stainless-steel drum planters to at least one facet, and a big horizontal plinth, with distinctive curved tiles from dutch firm DTile. In a twist on an workplace aquarium, the plinth incorporates a fish pond – full with a mini backyard gnome, casting its fishing line into the water.
Translucent white floor-to-ceiling curtains border the house, with a back-of-house space for the receptionist on one facet, and on the opposite, the doorway to a two-storey workplace house that’s cut up throughout floor and basement ranges. BGY has minimize from the slab to carry pure mild to the decrease ground, with the 2 ranges related by a wood characteristic stair that doubles as seating. A big ficus tree tucked into the staircase traverses the 2 flooring to be seen from the road.
The ficus tree that occupies a stairwell between the bottom and decrease floor flooring
Throughout the constructing, companies such because the air-con, heating and cooling wanted to get replaced, and an air supply warmth pump put in. BGY eliminated the suspended ceilings and cleaned up the soffits earlier than portray ductwork to introduce splashes of color – utilizing Parisian Pink and Duck Egg Blue on alternating flooring.
New additions embrace bike storage, showers and altering rooms. There have been present however unused terraces throughout the constructing; BGY has opened up the facades to allow them to be used.
A backyard gnome, fishing over the pond – a playful element of an uncommon workplace constructing
Whereas nearly all of the flooring are left as Cat A, one ground has been fitted out absolutely by BGY. Impressed by the postmodern heritage of the constructing, the palette is pastel colors and terrazzo surfaces. Combined with these are pure wooden finishes and geometric furnishings, whereas translucent curtains and color blocking assist to create a variety of areas.
BGY determined to maintain the carry core within the centre of the ground plate. This divides the open house, however in doing so offers a helpful front- of-house/back-of-house duality to every stage. The rear is well-suited to extra enjoyable areas, together with the kitchen space – on the Cat B ground there are bigger tables, seating and cubicles to the again, whereas there are desks to the entrance.
Assembly rooms are each extra and fewer formal
Dorrington invited BGY to pitch for the job – albeit via a contest the architects didn’t at first know they had been in, explains Bayliss. The branding is by Every thing In Between, an company that BGY has labored with earlier than on tasks such because the Wenlock Works (accomplished 2020), Dept W (accomplished 2019) and The Verse Constructing (accomplished 2019) – however which was appointed right here individually via one other competitors.
The strategy taken all through the venture targets a altering thought of what an workplace must be, Bayliss explains. An workplace design and its branding, he says, now must create an id that represents a tradition and values that potential workers can establish with and latch on to. ‘I feel that that’s one thing which has been the most important sea change over employment tradition over the previous 10–15 years,’ Bayliss continues. ‘As soon as upon a time it was about working for this firm… [Now it’s] “I can see myself working in that constructing.” Firms are actually aware of… the model that they evoke, and the type of philosophy that they’ve, [which is] very a lot manifest within the buildings that they occupy. I feel we get that.’
Bayliss additionally feedback that the venture is a playful departure from a few of BGY’s different office tasks, and that the group are actually proud of the outcomes. Accomplished throughout the pandemic, the constructing shouldn’t be but absolutely let, however already a big share of the house has been taken up by human rights-focused solicitors Leigh Day. BGY is trying ahead to seeing who else Panagram will enchantment to, and to see the house bustling with exercise.
Curtains and blinds