London office balances tech, nature and the future
The pandemic created a ripple effect through countless industries, architectural design notwithstanding. A new office in Central London created a post-pandemic atmosphere that balances technology, nature, and a vision of the future.
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Southworks is a smart office created in collaboration between Developer MiddleCap and Designer SPPARC. Equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) technology developed by Dutch company bGrid, Southworks features sensors that control HVAC and lighting systems. IoT also monitors air quality, occupancy and noise levels in order to provide optimum energy efficiency and healthy internal environment.
Sustainability is prioritized throughout the complex, covering seven stories and 70,000 square feet. As a result, Southworks was named “The world’s smartest building” at the Futureproof Awards. Additionally, it earned recognition as the first U.K. building to achieve the Smart Building Certification Platinum Certificate.
Furthermore, the complex architecture incorporates elements of the area’s industrial heritage combined with modern materials. A striking brick façade creates symmetry on the exterior. Meanwhile, an expansive, double-height lobby features handcrafted Italian crystalline-cast glass bricks. Recycled building materials were used where available and the main roof features solar panels as well as greenery.
Internally, the space was designed to offer flexibility for the changing needs of current and future occupants with the ability to change arrangements in large, open spaces. The interior design integrates a clean palette with material selections of steel, glass, brick and concrete. Black, industrial features counterbalance the otherwise minimalist elements.