An innovative adaptive re-use design, Woods Bagot has transformed the upper ground level of Paramount House into a tailored shared working environment, creating 22 handcrafted suites for creative and niche business activity. The design celebrates traditional joinery and artisan skills, while honouring the building’s heritage.
A single concept plan set the functional brief, followed by a series of organic conversations between the designer and the maker. The design solution was intrinsically conscious of space and place, original concept, quality of delivery and user experience.
The 1940s heritage architecture set a certain geometry for the interiors. Spatial planning metrics of the office modules was key to fulfilling the brief. Developing the size and composition of each suite was pertinent to the project’s success. Careful consideration of floorplate efficiency and scalability of suites (ranging in capacity from 1-3 people) supports and reflects the growth of the businesses housed within. Circulation in and around the modules promotes collegiality by encouraging serendipitous encounters.
Recognising and celebrating the original curved shell of the building and its internal fabric of timber-clad walls made for a stronger design outcome. A refined scheme, materials were predominantly carved from a single source, while contrasting elements such as tan leather, stone and brass signal a transition between the old heritage fabric and the new.