This spectacular project for IT consultancy ThoughtWorks, won the 2015 Mixology Award for 'Small/Medium Commercial Interiors Project of the Year'.
ThoughtWorks asked us to to design and create an inviting, agile and multi-functional space which accommodates their flexible staff movements as teams are rotated on a project-by-project basis.
This needed to be an open plan, thought-provoking, and most of all collaborative office space. The teams wanted to have fun, so we had to deliver different break out areas to foster collaboration and bonding during down time.
The idea was to create an inviting space which supports the way in which the company needs to work.Michelle Carr, Designer
What we delivered
The bold and bright back-of-house space features lots of alternative work settings, focused spaces and quiet rooms. Standing-height tables enable healthy working practices and there are closed, two- and three-person meeting rooms with coloured glass walls and a central hub area which doubles as a seminar space. The coloured glass walls allow light to shine through the space, while adding a distinct personality, and added privacy, to each room.
We also delivered a games room with ping pong and foosball tables to provide staff with an area to relax and chill, or show their competitive side! Since this was a compact space, the ping pong table also doubles as a hot-desking area for staff to work (on either side of the net) before the competition heats up.
There’s also a dedicated art wall with a variety of modern prints, as well as space for staff to create their own works of art, should the spirit move them. We recognised that this was an creative hub for staff where ideas are born, so we wanted the design to reflect this and allow for staff to really make the office their own. “I love the idea you can just get up and start writing on the walls,” says one employee, “everything has a purpose and it’s a fun and exciting space”.
This is a truly vibrant office that reflects the distinct personality of the ThoughtWorks brand.
A lot of people are excited about a new start. In the lunch café you really get a sense of people coming together collectively, sharing and getting to know each other.Maneesh Subherwal, MD UK