Design & Space Planning
Having successfully worked with this leading mining company on prior projects, AIS was again appointed to design and refurbish their London head office. With employees from the same business units working from different spaces spread throughout their existing layout, their new space had to consolidate their space into a fresh and engaging new home.
Our concept design takes abstract inspiration from the organisations core business, drawing influence from the continuous contours and typography of both the land and sea. The overall layout of the floor plate has been designed to allow for a continuous primary circulation route from the open plan, to wrap right around the building’s core. This central, continuous circulation route is defined by a single continuous light guiding employees and visitors throughout the space while also acting as a ‘walking’ meeting room, promoting frequent movement around the space to stimulate incidental interaction amongst different teams.
In order to further amplify collaboration we significantly increased the amount and diversity of common space. Each suited to particular work styles and catering for a more mobile team, alternative work settings included internal lounge type spaces for informal meetings, huddle rooms and booth seating areas allowing teams to collaborate better.
The finished design makes an impression the moment one steps into reception. The feature reception desk is formed of hundreds of layers of individually shaped glass, stacked one on top of the other to create an undulating fluid form. While elsewhere custom designed manifestation is a subtle nod to some of the company’s greatest achievements.