What do you want from an office building? Something familiar and standard, or the feeling that you've just walked straight into a dream? Here we examine the way these two ideas have been glued together to create an unnerving yet amazing and practical space.
Light grey brick walls have been paired with slick concrete floors, wood finished railings with natural off white oil based colour with a vast, frosted skylight that almost breaths light into the looming maze like internal entry areas of this truly astonishing looking building.
This aesthetic was largely inspired by a mix of 1950s Scandinavian warehouses and quite literally a dystopian parallel world. The feeling of escapism and sophistication wrapped into to one space. It's amazing how confident and yet insignificant a space like this can make you feel in reality.
The unique combinations industrial style materials teamed with plant life seem to be the story here. Concrete, brick and wood elements create an almost alluring way to offset a rugged vibe with some refinement.
Rather than connecting the levels with a standard lobby, lit by a giant oversized light, the room encloses the ramp in a glazed and glossy coating that allows daylight to filter down to the lower level which is both relaxing and exciting.
Once you get inside, it becomes very light and the maze of staircases, though vast, feel peaceful. There is no art work anywhere in sight- a strange choice for most, but here it just works. The building itself is a work of art, there is no need to pour anything else into this mix.
It is, however, really nice to see the vast number of plants that seem to change colour from the differing lights that bounce off the walls and objects, connecting everything together and making a united space that delights and amazes, whilst being strangely understated and very, very surreal.