Clean lines, robust materials, a contemporary aesthetic and an easily understood layout drove the concept. However, the geographical location of the old flower, fruit and vegetable market inspired the living moss wall feature, bringing a bit of greenery back to the quarter.
The challenge was the restrictive nature of the building, so works had to be programmed to allow full access at all times for existing tenants working on all floors within the building. This included the laying of a new tiled floor and both lift floors. Toilets were totally refurbished, these had to be phased to ensure enough toilet facilities were available at all times.
The predominant materiality tones are neutral, expressed in the concrete effect porcelain floor tiles and concrete reception desk. This neutrality allows the upholstery fabric of the armchairs and the timber tones of other pieces to sing.
Illumination within this long and relatively narrow room was crucial. A combination of functional LED linear luminaries and more decorative glass pendants augment the neutrality yet provide an ambient luxury of illumination.