An office is so much more than four walls. It’s a gathering hub for ideas, innovation and creativity. When leading gaming and technology company Camelot Global asked us to design and build a people-centric space for its UK team, we focused on providing a workplace that's perfect for work and play.
Flexing for flux
Camelot Global appointed us to design and build an office that epitomises flexibility; one which keeps its positive energy whether the whole team is in or just a handful. Optimising the space for what Camelot considers their 'flux' period, when it’s all hands on deck for a specific project, was a crucial part of the brief.
Another objective was consolidating two office locations into one and, for the first time, having all employees under one roof. With so many moving parts, Camelot wanted everything to go as smoothly as possible so we kept them in the loop with even the smallest details. We even went shopping together! The result? A boutique-styled space with on-trend décor, furniture and plants to create a home-away-from-home atmosphere.
Since Camelot was undergoing a complete branding overhaul, we had the freedom to create an office with a personality of its own. We used a calming neutral grey palette, hints of natural wood, stylish industrial touches and personally-selected decorative pieces. This classic styling will stand the test of time and see Camelot through its continual growth and evolution as a business.
Bringing together two separate Camelot offices, one in London and the other in Watford, meant getting under the skin of the business. To hit the brief we had to understand what each office needed from the new workplace, how best to utilise the space available and what would help employees thrive from day one.
One of the things we spoke about a lot in the early conceptual days was encouraging positive collaborative behaviours, particularly socialising. Our design recognised the decision to consolidate was a huge step by intentionally creating areas for people to mingle and get to know each other – without that dreaded feeling of ‘forced fun’! Being under the same roof allows the team to communicate more effectively so we paid special attention to removing any barriers to interaction. We dedicated a quarter of the workspace to a vast social space for big groups to eat together, play games or just chill out.
Top of the class
This office scores an A+ for flexibility and fluidity. It’s an over-achiever and we love it! Dotted throughout are laptop ‘touch down’ spots for individual work, meeting booths for project teams, banquet-style seats, standing desks, creative corners with plush furniture and even acoustically-sound Skype pods. The entrance space doubles as the main breakout area and teapoint with soft seating, tables and benches to create a real feeling of community.
If that isn’t enough choice, half of the space can be adapted and reconfigured to suit any event, project or business directive. There are no allocated workstations and staff aren’t bound to any particular area because we switched bulky pedestals for funky lockers. This means people can move around as they please; it’s all about finding whatever spot feels the most comfortable for the task at hand!
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