From the rational layout of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Administration Building to the playful slides inside Google’s headquarters, workplaces have been as varied and as rapidly evolving as the organisations they host. How and where we work continues to change as technology allows more people to work on the move. Yet, more than ever, space and the places we work in, whether office or café, is a fundamental consideration both for individuals and companies.
If you missed our last ‘Smart as Cities’ event on the subject, you can find a link to the videos here. This newsletter summarises a number of our past projects where the understanding of the role of space in the workplace has helped create more people-focused work environments.
We wish you all a very pleasant summer, whether at work or play.
Built in1994, PowerGen’s headquarters consolidated a 600 strong workforce into a single site. The brief specifically called for the improvement of internal communication and for an environment conducive to the creation of a working culture that could foster innovation. Our user-focused approach and the application of an evidence-based understanding of how spatial layout influences communication patterns supportedBennetts Associates in developing a design that produced an innovative, award winning workplace environment.
Professor Alan Penn
When completed in 2016, 5 Broadgate will be UBS’s new London headquarters. Occupying 700,000 sq ft (66,890 sq m), the Make designed building will provide state-of-the-art trading facilities and work areas for 6,000 employees, aswell as a suite of client facing areas occupying the ground, mezzanine and one of the upper floors.
Space Syntax worked with UBS and tp bennett to ensure that the internal layout of the building, and in particular, its public areas, will deliver an environment that supports and enhances the culture of UBS.
The Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is one of the UK’s largest urban regeneration projects. Space Syntax has been commissioned by the HCA to lead on the predictive movement and connectivity modelling studies of the site. Our contribution is supporting the ongoing masterplanning of the area enabling the full potential of this post -industrial landscape to be unlocked for urban development opportunities in the City of Bristol.
We are excited to be working closely with AECOM, Arup Associates, Jan Gehl Architects and a large group of local stakeholders including Bristol City Council, Network Rail, English Heritage and others, to create a new urban quarter in one of the most creative, innovative and green cities in the country.
AECOM, Arup Associates, Jan Gehl Architects