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Workspace Interiors

Engaging lobby design encourages staff to linger

“A beautiful upgrade with great attention to the existing site, human scale and materiality,” Christina Luk, Judge

Project: One Canada Square

Location: London, United Kingdom

Award: Workspace Interiors: Communal Areas, Gold, 2023

Design Practice: Conran and Partners

Client: Canary Wharf Group

Conran and Partners’ lobby redesign of the iconic 50-storey One Canada Square tower in London’s Canary Wharf creates a modern, inviting space that caters to the changing work culture of the building’s tenants. The primary goal of the redesign was to encourage people to engage and linger in the lobby, fostering a sense of community rather than merely serving as a passageway to higher office levels.

The new lobby boasts a variety of zones, such as a two-level restaurant and bar, an espresso bar and multiple seating areas. The design sought to maintain the essence of the original space, while enhancing its atmosphere and functionality. Inspired by boutique hotels, the interconnected shared spaces blur the lines between work and leisure. A key challenge was breaking down the large open space into connected atmospheres with distinct purposes. The ground floor now features open office receptions, two circular reception desks, bespoke curved banquettes in hospitality areas and a mix of formal and casual seating. 

Design highlights 

The redesign carefully preserves the core elements of the original lobby, such as the vibrant marble walls, stone floor and coffered stainless-steel ceiling. Sustainability and material innovations played a role, as existing joinery was refurbished for reuse whenever possible, and classic lobby furniture was reupholstered. New custom lighting elements, including eye-catching feature pendants, enhance the overall ambience.

  • One Canada Square
  • One Canada Square
  • One Canada Square
  • One Canada Square
  • One Canada Square
  • One Canada Square

Photo credit: Taran Wilkhu

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Katharine Harding

Conran and Partners

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