Working in close collaboration with the client we have designed an office space which reflects the identity and ethos of the brand and celebrates modern manufacturing methods.
Cast is a young and successful real estate and construction consultancy who wanted an office that reflected their identity and promoted quality and innovative construction methods
The space is located on the first floor of a former industrial building which has recently been converted into a multi storey office facility with residential units on the top floor. Whilst the shell of the building with its traditional steel-framed windows and red brick walls was well preserved, the internal fabric was replaced with a combination of steel frame and prefabricated concrete slabs. Because of the irregular shape of the perimeter and limited number of structural elements within the building, the space lacked hierarchy and orientation. Part of the brief was to provide a variety of activity specific spaces.
“We wanted to create an office design that reflected our residential focus, promoted pre-manufactured technology and provided an inspirational, productive environment for our people. The team at Hawkins\Brown brought flair, innovation and an exemplary attention to detail. Our new office has exceeded our aspirations.”
Keith Brooks Chairman at Cast Real Estate & Construction Consultancy
The big idea
Two feature walls divide the public and noisy open plan area from private spaces such as meeting rooms, breakout areas and collaboration spaces. The bespoke fixed furniture provides storage and display space as well as breaks down the floor into smaller work areas. The arched wall is made of cross laminated timber panels which were manufactured in a workshop outside London and quickly assembled on site. With the residential sector as one of Casts expert areas, the concept behind the arched wall was to reflect archways found in traditional British residential Architecture yet made contemporary through the organic form and the modular use of CLT.
People can’t keep their hands off the CLT arched wall. The use of a natural material encourages people to engage and interact with it; running their hands along it as they walk past, even smelling it!
The small detail
Cast required an area where they could exhibit their recent work, innovative products and new methods of construction. Integrated into bespoke fixed joinery we designed an exhibition wall constructed of modular aluminium profiles and bespoke mdf elements. It was important that this space was never static therefore we designed it to be a flexible peg wall with bespoke steel hooks and shelves providing Cast the ability to change the arrangement and curation of their exhibition with ease.