PRODUCTIVE OFFICE-SCAPES

CROYDON, London 2018

The proposal features an ambitious and innovative design for the new 2,000 sqm office spaces for UK energy supplier Green Network in Croydon, UK.

Following an invited competition process where Binom teamed up with fit out specialist contractor Lopez Landa, the team was chosen to design an exciting and innovative working environment for Green Network, a leading supplier of ecologic energy in UK and Italy.

A creative working environment that helps to familiarize members of the staff with the idea of energy in a tangible way. Human powered pedal energy generators will lit up wall mounted light fittings gradually, the more energy produced, the faster it lits up.

The production of energy becomes an event allowing members of the staff to compete between them, to socialise, to exercise and healthy active break.

Following the principle that staff should be given control and flexibility in their work environment, Binom's crafts a variety of spaces that enable more connections helping people to interact.

A topography of colour foam and osb triangles becomes a “landscape”, a physical space where casual meetings, social events, break out times take place. The landscape is like a 3d carpet built up around the central atrium cores, with plenty of natural light.

There you can find a variety of working spaces. First, individual Working spaces; together with their desktops, employees have the freedom to focus on an isolation cell, to work in a more social environment like the breakout areas, etc.

Second, meeting areas: from enclosed formal boardroom, to enclosed collaborative meeting rooms, open plan seating areas for informal meetings, wheeled seating modules that can be arranged to suit a particular event/meeting/informal team catch up.

 

Upcycling and transformation: following the Einstein’s principle that “The energy is neither created nor destroyed, only transformed”,  one of the key drivers of our scheme is the idea of generating a palette of reconstituted materialities, where custom-made surfaces, objects and spaces are built up again from parts that belonged to other materials. We use finishes like chipfoam, or OSB timber boards.

Binom Architects' scope of design included all graphic design as well as the product design of specific items tailor made for the space, such as light chandeliers, the reception desk, built in benches and other pieces of furniture

The proposal also explores the concept of Productive Office-scapes, creating an environment that contextualizes members of staff with the concept of energy by allowing them to relax using human powered devices. A range of atmospheric spaces to relax and switch off where people can become aware of their bodies through active engagement with the space while creating a sense of community.

Location: Croydon, UK


Contractor: Lopez Landa

Photographs: Nick Kane
Status: Completed on September 2018