106 Hope Street, originally designed by Mackintosh & Salmon, Son & Gillespie, is a Category A listed former warehouse building. The six storey building houses a bar & music venue on the ground floors with the upper floors set as open plan flexible office space.
Our project brief involved the refurbishment, alteration, and remodelling of the existing upper floors with a focus on the changing the notions of the traditional office. By looking at our homes closely for inspiration we imagined a new post-covid workplace by embracing ideas around biophilic design principles, notions of comfort, natural light and ventilation, and all with a balance between focused areas of work and collaborative work spaces.
Together our design proposals embodied a number of key issues based around low-tech retrofitting approaches as well as the domestication of the workplace.
Common furniture pieces such as office desks and tables have been specifically made for the project. These pieces are made simply from robust materials such as plywood with rubber inset toppings providing the furniture with a tactile quality but also has been designed to be re-used or recycled.
The outcome of the project is a fit-for-purpose set of office suites that now provides end users with choice over a variety of spaces for production, collaboration, meeting, and socialising throughout the working week.
Following the successful completion of the trailed first phase, further floors across the building are now in progress while we implement, reflect, and refining the interior strategies.