Fletcher Priest Architects were selected to design the interiors of the new London base for a leading investment firm. Occupying the top two floors of a Crown Estate landmark office redevelopment on Regent Street, the firm enjoys beautiful views across the rooftops of central London through timber framed curtain walling that opens out onto roof top terraces and gardens.
Rooting the interior concept in 1960s, Los Angeles provided an immediate reference to the company's global headquarter city and set the tone of the interior design intent. The design illustrates a modern take on the Case Study house interiors - timelessly elegant furniture pieces and contemporary material and colour palettes which enhance the base building.
The design of the fit out comprises of a mixture of open plan and cellular accommodation incorporating conference rooms, staff facilities and a reception. In order to reflect the firm's particular way of working as well as to accommodate future growth, both the space planning and furniture were coordinated with the need to allow for interchangeability between the different types of offices and occupancies.
Fletcher Priest's approach provides a fresh take on the typically corporate nature of an investment firm by creating a vivid West End working environment reflecting the people focused, collaborative team culture of their client.
Architecturally, the biggest challenge, and subsequently the biggest success, was balancing the design between the creative aesthetics of the workplace, the flexibility of the accommodation types and the overall image the office portrayed.
Whilst the design of the fit out was aimed at creating an individual company identity, it was equally pertinent for it to be a sensitive and enhancing addition to the base build. Thus, Fletcher Priest ensured that all finishes and product choices corresponded to the base building aspirations in terms of aesthetics and sustainability.
Fletcher Priest has recently appointed Francesca Gernone as Head of Interiors. Francesca will be responsible for the development of Fletcher Priest's diverse interiors portfolio which ranges from Hackney Picturehouse to Mall Galleries, Tower 42, Sony Pictures Europe and the fit-out of Hanover Square for Lend Lease.Photography: Chris Gascoigne