Sector Commercial
Project type New build
Services provided Design
Product manufacture
Product supply
Installation
Year completed 2016
Project location London
Client Tishman Speyer
Consultant Aukett Swanke / Adjaye Associates / MdeAS
 
 

Challenge

The landmark Verde building, in the heart of London's Victoria, has a statement glass facade and six dramatic roof gardens which together create a vast 20,000 square foot ‘park in the sky'.

It has dedicated cycle access and 440 cycle spaces. And, by retaining 80% of existing structure, the redevelopment saved over 8,500 tonnes of carbon.

A new reception desk was required for this 21st century workplace. The reception area soars over three storeys and a desk for this dramatic location needed to be a strong statement piece.

Solution

Benchmark designed a desk from huge planks of English walnut. The boards were 5m long - about as big as they come for English walnut - and were quite difficult to source. These were mitred at the corners and the edges were left waney - ie they followed the natural curve of the tree.

Splits and knots were embraced for their natural beauty, bringing an element of nature, with all its warmth and tactility, to this vast corporate reception area.


Challenge

The landmark Verde building, in the heart of London's Victoria, has a statement glass facade and six dramatic roof gardens which together create a vast 20,000 square foot ‘park in the sky'.

It has dedicated cycle access and 440 cycle spaces. And, by retaining 80% of existing structure, the redevelopment saved over 8,500 tonnes of carbon.

A new reception desk was required for this 21st century workplace. The reception area soars over three storeys and a desk for this dramatic location needed to be a strong statement piece.

Solution

Benchmark designed a desk from huge planks of English walnut. The boards were 5m long - about as big as they come for English walnut - and were quite difficult to source. These were mitred at the corners and the edges were left waney - ie they followed the natural curve of the tree.

Splits and knots were embraced for their natural beauty, bringing an element of nature, with all its warmth and tactility, to this vast corporate reception area.


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