Guardian News & Media
Guardian Newspapers Ltd
Kings Cross, London
160,000 sq ft
Base Build Modification, Fit-out, Interior Design
Media, Office Space
BCO National Award 2010, BCO Regional Award 2010, Mixology Award 2009
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The commission to design new offices for the Guardian followed on from Guardian Newspapers Ltd’s decision to relocate from Farringdon to a new building close to King’s Cross station. Designed by Dixon Jones, 160,000 sq ft is let to the Guardian and its sister paper, the Observer.
The design team’s aim was to create interiors in tune with the architecture as well as reflecting the Guardian’s core values: honesty, integrity, openness, trust and transparency. The project embodied a commitment to innovative ways of working which had not been possible in the paper’s old offices, with collaboration, communication and interaction and the sharing of knowledge and ideas between staff as key aspirations. Offices, on three floors, are open-plan, with a continuous band of desking around floor perimeters, maximising natural daylight and views for staff.
Each office floor has a central social hub, providing space for coffee points, meeting rooms and library/research zones overlooking the building’s central atrium. A sculptural staircase, provides a vertical connection at the centre of each floor, generating informal encounters.
Generous natural light, the controlled application of vibrant colours, and the use of high-quality materials including timber and stone are fundamental ingredients of the project.
A further element in the brief was the client’s wish to engage more fully with the public, reflected in a reception area that is open and welcoming.