A young university break-out group of scientists working in the fusion innovation industry they wanted their new offices to be exciting and inspiring to work in. One important aspect of the brief was to create an environment with different kinds of communal areas that encourage people to connect and discuss, rather than sit in isolation at their desks. The client was keen to have their branding subtly throughout the interior design, to create interest and individuality.
As well as normal desk spaces, the client required a “stand-up” area for daily brainstorming sessions with white-board walls where ideas and formulae can be written down as they occur. A key aspect of the design, these boards allow mathematical analysis to be spread out over many metres. Additional areas include a cafe, showers, a series of casual meeting spaces and also snugs where scientists can curl up quietly with a book.
The dominating feature of the design was the need to differentiate three different security zones whilst maintaining a natural flow. To achieve this, we stripped the space back to its structure (including removing the existing ceiling) and designed a series of elements to break up the space and create a more organic feel.