The architects and designers at SHH were lookin' for something different than your standard grey filing cabinets and florescent office lighting. So they approached the project with intentions of creating a members-only environment while maintaining the basic elements of work, and created something of a mix between a lounge for the upper class and a 21st century high-end modern office. More pictures, after the jump.
Fabricated from the original structure of a Georgian townhouse of former stables and garage buildings, the Manchester property in London was transformed into a contemporary dream office. And in it, you have tons of clever ideas that makes use of space wisely, maximizing communication between employees and creating room for ideas to be freely distributed.
For example, in the main picture above, the desks are configured in a manner that keeps everyone talking - instead of your standard cubicle config that places everyone's backs towards each other.
All wiring was all well-thought out before wall knockdowns began, so any spectacular or extra-fancy detail (like the beautiful chandelier seen in the first photo) was left to be admired.
Since the building was intended for video conferencing as well, the breakout spaces were still included in the space. However, with a smart projection system and wire management, everything feels streamlined and controlled. Note the sexy flush mounted LCD in the main conference room.
Finaly, some extra attention to detail to landscape lighting keeps the space vibrant even at night. So while you're ending your workday like any other worker, what you leave behind still feels like a festive place to be the next day.
Feel free to check out the rest of the wonderful gallery and lengthy interior design spiel over at Contemporist.