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Out of Office
'Out of Office' an extract from article in Hospitality Interiors by John Legg Read more
Out of Office
Read the full article online at Hospitality Interiors.
When part of a workplace brief is to create a space to rival surrounding bars and restaurants, to keep people inside the building outside of office hours, the crossover between hospitality and workplace design becomes more evident than ever. Interior architects and designers are as likely to take influence from hotel lobbies, private members clubs and the Chelsea Flower Show, to give workplaces the allure their clients are looking for.
It has now become de rigueur for global advertising agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi, JWT and Ogilvy & Mather to offer a work bar, and following suit, boutique agencies frequently have a lounge space where drinks are served, before employees spill out into Soho or their respective office surroundings.
The trend extends to blue chip companies, looking to offer something extra to attract talent and leave an impression with clients. Mixed-tenancy spaces, such as the Tea Building in Shoreditch or Canalot Studios in Kensington and Chelsea also include a bar, to bring individual companies together, keep the building animated and attract potential tenants.
"The fact you’ve set your office up in this way, or included these kinds of spaces within your workplace, says much more about your company than brand colours or logos on the wall ever will"