WeWork has expanded its portfolio of locations in London by establishing a co-working space within one of the UK's foremost postmodern buildings: James Stirling's No 1 Poultry building. The building was designed by the famed architect back in 1985, and will become the 28th WeWork co-working space in the capital.
A distinctive building in a bustling urban location - The 5-storey building is in a corner plot near Bank tube station, and is known for its yellow and pink striped front built from limestone, along with a distinctive cylindrical clock tower. The interior features white-painted walls with light timber flooring and various vintage furnishings that reflect No 1 Poultry's postmodern roots. These interiors were completed by the WeWork design team. An additional 2,300 members will be accommodated here.
The design director at WeWork, Andy Heath, said the interior design was based around the building's "incredible architecture". He stated that the company bases its building searches on "history, architectural significance, interest and location" - No 1 Poultry certainly ticks all those boxes.
Unique spaces for a stunning interior - The office's main lounge areas have been oriented to look out onto the building's marvellous courtyard, clad in navy tiles with window frames in yellow, pink and baby blue. Wellness spaces and boardrooms have been integrated into the ship-like prow of the building, providing views over the city's bustling streets and the urban landscape that extends beyond. There is even an intimate communal area behind the transparent clock tower dial, adorned with red throw blankets and arm chairs to mimic the colour of the clock hands.
The shops that sit at the ground and basement levels of the building will continue to be available for use by visitors to the location. The same goes for the rooftop garden and restaurant.
Onwards and upwards to break new ground - This new launch follows WeWork's opening of its very first school earlier this year, which was designed by the architecture firm BIG. The WeGrow education centre stands proud in New York City, and features reading dens of curved timber and large cushions shaped like lily pads for the children to jump and play on.
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