This unusual London office block has a striking bright orange, curved facade that marks the entrance to a collaborative workpace within a former factory in Shoreditch. The project, named Second Home, is the first UK design by architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, who have been chosen to design next year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
The office block, designed to accommodate small companies, features a brightly colored, undulating facade and acrylic walls, with the main seating area positioned within a transparent orange tunnel. Behind the tunnel is an event space where the building’s occupants can organize lectures, performances, film screenings, workshops and meetings. The centerpiece of this space is a large U-shaped meeting table that can be elevated out of the way when not in use.
Offices are distributed across two floors and separated with bubble-like plastic partitions. Their size varies from small areas that can accommodate up to five people, to bigger spaces for 20 people. The front of the building is occupied by a canteen-like restaurant that can also be used as an informal workspace.
Photos by Iwan Baan