We’d worked with serviced office provider Office Space in Town twice already. For the third project, they asked us to create something quirky and interesting. Something to attract the growing media and tech start-up scene in the area.
Every now and again, our creative team gets the opportunity to let their most adventurous ideas flow and deliver a special office design project. A small jaunt around the area led us to the Mad Hatter Hotel, and the area’s history as the centre of hat-making. Thus the seed was sown and we arrived on the Alice in Wonderland theme.
The six themed meeting rooms vary from stripped-back design – with Alice peering through the lit-up ceiling – to the outright wacky, like in the Mad Hatter room, where there’s distressed wallpaper, grass on the floor and ceilings and mismatched furniture.
We’ve left no stone unturned with this Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland theme and it was a design heavy project. Features such as suspended teapots replaced regular lighting fixtures, printed graphics line the walls throughout the office interior and iconic figurines from Lewis Carroll’s novel bring the workspace to life. Each meeting room was created with a unique design to help energise spaces and create a positive work environment.
Away from the intricate design work, staff using the office space benefit from several breakout areas and kitchen spaces where staff can enjoy a coffee, prepare lunches or simply relax. Fitted with synthetic rose bushes, the dining area is fitted with wing back armchairs as well as a breakfast bar and comfortable dining tables.
We broke with convention and went with the 61:39 office-to-communal space ratio (compared to the usual 84:16) to encourage collaboration, creativity and productivity. And it’s attracted more than just the creative start-ups. Even traditional businesses want to be in this serviced office space and after only four months in, Office Space in Town were at 100% capacity.
I asked them to design something totally out there. They’ve not only hit the ball in the back of the net, but they’ve created what is arguably the best serviced office in the world.
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