No two people work in exactly the same way. Each of us have different spaces that we prefer working in – the cafe, the library, a corner office, a distraction-free cubicle, lying on our back in the park – and often this varies depending on the time of day or type of work. Our project to fit-out a five-story office building as the new London headquarters of Consensys, a fast growing blockchain software start-up, acknowledges and celebrates this difference, providing radically different working atmospheres throughout.
The project challenges received assumptions about the value of openness and flexibility in workplace design, and instead creates a variety of distinct spaces carefully tuned to support different modes of work. Specifically, we’ve introduced an “object” into the center of each floor to loosely divide the space into distinct work environments, each with a unique material palette and associated atmosphere. The space of the central object acts like a palette cleanser, providing a neutral space of transition and gathering on each floor.