London-based practice Nex Architecture transforms an unloved Hammersmith mews into a plush new base of operations for landscape architect Marcus Barnett Studio.
The newly refurbished office aims to embody the company’s work-life balance ethos through its clear programmatic distinction between social and working spaces.
Nex’s design preserves the building’s original 1900s plan across two floors, with the social and working areas situated on the ground and first floor respectively.
At ground floor level, the building opens up into a welcoming kitchen and living space where a large dining-cum-ping pong table encourages staff to eat away from their desks, cultivating a friendly and casual environment.
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The loft-like first-floor houses a large workspace providing a variety of communal and individual workstations for employees to choose from. The furnishings help to create a comfortable, home-like space, a feature increasingly seen as offices take inspiration from residential design to create a live-work environment.
A glazed screen offers acoustic insulation for private meetings while maintaining a sense of transparency representative of the company’s core values.
A material palette inspired by nature was adopted throughout the building’s interior and is exemplified by the handcrafted timber ceiling. An array of lightweight poplar plywood slats, each marked with a series of notches resembling striations found on leaves, are individually suspended from a plywood and black cloth backing board.
In situ, the notches come together to form an undulating line, reminiscent of the curves and contours found in nature.
“This project is a playful celebration of contemporary craftsmanship and natural materials”, explains Alan Dempsey, founding director of Nex Architecture.
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