By John Arenas | February 10, 2014

Best New Office Design

Model Redesign: HOK’s New London Office Brings the Outside In

Global architecture and design firm HOK has a reputation for creating innovative and “green” spaces, like the Indianapolis International Airport and Google Canada’s office. When the company decided to turn its attention to its own office space in London, the result was an inspiring and nurturing environment that promotes creativity among its staff.

The new design makes the physical and mental well being of its staff a priority. Large floor-to-ceiling windows open to the city’s lively Fitzrovia neighborhood, which promotes greater energy among its employees while using less energy in the building. Additional sunlight comes in through a large, central atrium that the company uses for events and as a communal space—away from the computer—where coworkers can socialize.

The office was remodeled using finishes, furniture, and carpeting with low formaldehyde and low volatile organic compounds to maintain optimal air quality. Our favorite aspect: The green lawn on the center where employees sit together for lunch and to take breaks. All of this and more earned the HOK its first LEED-CI Gold certification in the UK.

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