BDG architecture + design was recently appointed by Maxus, a global media planning and buying agency, to design their new 2,880 sq m offices in the recently refurbished Alphabeta building in Worship Street London. On initial consultation with BDG, Maxus shared their aspirations and detailed requirements with the overriding prerequisite being for a stylish, cool and creative space without pretention. BDG’s design of the new office was based around choice; flexibility; change; efficiency and collaboration. The acclaimed Alphabeta building was the perfect location, recently announced as the national and regional winner for refurbished/recycled workplace at the 2016 BCO Awards, it was praised for its sophisticated design, which created an active and vibrant communal ‘village’. The design concept for the space followed Maxus’s key drivers of communication and fun, which links to the statue of the Greek mythological figure Hermes; the messenger to the gods, which sits on top of the building.
Communication and connectivity is incorporated into the design with a feature ceiling in the reception that branches out to all areas within the space, spanning two floors, with an integrated Tannoy system to allow staff to communicate announcements and engage the whole office.
Another key element of the brief was the requirement of a large social space, named as the ‘Living Room’ it incorporates a variety of informal meeting and work settings as well as a central social space. The Living Room overlooks Finsbury Square and is a double height space that connects the two floors that Maxus occupy with a helical stair which BDG architecture + design purposely designed.