The honest and utilitarian but sophisticated aesthetic of the space is set by Roz’s approach to materials – many of which are unexpected in an interior setting. Exposed galvanised stud walls and fibrous cement board are juxtaposed with Marmoleum on the floors and walls, and digitally printed carpets and rugs. Sustainability has steered the material selection. The Marmoleum, from Forbo, is made from 97% recycled materials and is carbon-neutral.
Natural fabrics have been used throughout the space. Sheet materials from small Welsh business, Smile Plastics, have been used for the worksurfaces, and recycled plastics also feature in the joinery. Bureau’s innovative furniture selection includes pieces by some of the most respected designers in Britain and beyond, including work by the likes of Hay, Stuttgart-based Richard Lampert and British-Canadian, Philippe Malouin. Desks are fitted with diecast aluminium legs from London manufacturer Very Good and Proper. Consideration of COVID-19 has also been factored into the design, and Roz Barr Architects have ensured that the internal spaces are adaptable, as well as paying attention to cross-ventilation throughout the spaces – effectively, everything is recycled but the air.
Set just a few seconds’ stroll from North Greenwich Tube station, Bureau is one of the most financially accessible facilities of its kind in the capital. Whereas some clubs can typically charge their members £200 a month or more, Bureau delivers a comparable service for as little as £80 a month! Now that’s the kind of value engineering we can buy into!