Cool offices: RTKL Architecture Studio in London, UK
Global architecture firm RTKL recently moved locations and completed a new office design for their London operations.
The new space consolidates the team onto a single floor and offers a variety of workspace types spread throughout the environment.
According to RTKL, by changing locations, they have been able to incorporate their new brand, reduce their carbon footprint, encourage creativity and collaboration, and generally infuse new energy into their work environment.
The design for their new office puts staff on a single floor and weaves the meeting, teaming, and office spaces among the work stations, maximising light and creating greater opportunity for impromptu get-togethers and chance interaction.
A central Design Lab within the new office puts collaboration at the heart of the studio. It encourages open participation in charettes, project discussions and design critiques.
Informal and formal meeting space is spread throughout the office and as a result, the number of spontaneous meetings and participation in office-sponsored events are both up 30%.
Throughout the office, graphic elements reinforce RTKL’s 20-year history in London. Meeting rooms are named for nearby attractions, a glass wall showcases London regions, and a custom rug reveals a map of the city.
A living reception wall serves as both an acoustic baffle to absorb sound as well as a showcase for London-based video content gathered by the employees.
Other design elements reinforce RTKL’s global presence, including a glass wall representing all of the cities where RTKL has worked and lighting shades featuring the coordinates and shapes of six continents.
Pencils surround the RTKL main identity in the lobby, incorporating a found object that relates to the design/architecture world.
RTKL’s new building was chosen in part because it had achieved a BREEAM “Very Good” rating following its 2007 refurbishment, and the new office meets LEED Gold standards.
All aspects of the new office were designed with sustainability in mind, including low-energy lighting on movement and daylight sensors, rapidly renewable materials, and carpets with high post-consumer content.
The design takes full advantage of incredible natural light along three sides of an L-shape by locating the open-plan studio along the best lit edges.
The lobby space provides an inspirational architectural view with a dramatic outlook over London’s newest and oldest landmarks.
A bright and fun staff kitchen creates a flexible meeting space for employees and touch-down spaces offer a variety of meeting options.