Coolest office in the UK

If you had a wishlist for what makes a typically 'cool' English office, you might want to include some Banksy-style graffiti, a throwback to Doctor Who and maybe even re-purpose a train carriage as a meeting room.

3 Sheldon Square, London

6,000 sq ft


We managed to fit all of these into Splunk's Paddington office, which saw it crowned as one of the coolest offices in the country. Now there's a workplace that keeps its staff engaged and inspired.

The 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.

Creating the definition of cool

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 inspiration for private calling areas, tucked away from the open plan office space.

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