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How do you turn a modern office space into one of the coolest offices in the UK? Just read on...

Bespoke graffiti, a tube carriage and a Dr Who demo room are just a few of the quirky design features in this London office design that lead to it being voted coolest office in the UK by Management Today.

You might expect a fast growing American tech brand to have a sprawling suburban campus-style office, that's filled to the brim with startup urban cool. You wouldn't expect them to be in a new development in the heart of London. 

Client brief

The space needed to reflect Splunk’s brand values of innovation, passion, disruption and fun. They also wanted their new office design to draw on influences from the local area (Paddington underground) and have a warehouse feel to match their twelve other offices around the globe. They wanted an open plan space where staff could come together to collaborate and most of all, have fun.

What we delivered

We transformed the 7th floor of this traditional office space into an 'underground' tech paradise, complete with bespoke graffiti, railway arches and banksy-style art pieces.

The design team went to work creating a unique open plan space, full to the brim with quirky design features. To start off the feel of a converted warehouse, we began by referencing the local train station by framing the boardroom behind a pair of railway arches, complete with bricks, rusted iron and some obligatory graffiti. We thought this 'underground' office theme wouldn't be complete without an original Pullman carriage, converted into a cosy, sound-proof meeting room. 

We broke up the open plan office space and workstations with some semi-private meeting pods, that not only absorb sound, but also allow for an element of privacy in the open floor-plate. To reflect the old warehouse feel, we also used an eclectic mix of exterior doors on the meeting rooms, which really brings the outside-in. 

Since this is the UK office of an American startup, we couldn't leave it without a few nods to British culture. As a gratuitous reference to Dr Who, we created a tardis-style demo room where splunk-ers can demonstrate their products to clients. We finished off the theme by using iconic red phone boxes as as inspiration for private calling areas, tucked away from the open plan office space. 

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