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Bluebottle creates ‘high-end townhouse style’ workspace for The Crown Estate

St. James’ Street Office in London is the latest addition to The Crown Estate’s workspace portfolio.

28/10/2022 2 min read

In a sought-after location down St. James’ Street in London, on the corner of Jermyn Street, sits design studio and architectural practice Bluebottle’s new luxury workspace project for The Crown Estate.

Boasting already impressive external architecture, Bluebottle transformed the property’s tired 6,000 sq ft interior – containing office, meeting and communal areas – into a welcoming boutique space with a residential feel, suitable for businesses to move straight into.

Fran Burrows, Bluebottle’s founder, said: “We were delighted to be commissioned by The Crown Estate to create a turnkey solution for their St James’s Street Office.”

“Through careful detailing and a sensitive design approach, we have created an inviting workspace for small business owners looking for comfortable, prestigious office environments.”

Using high-end townhouses as the design concept, Bluebottle blended warm colours with flowing drapery and atmospheric lighting to create a modern, homely look. To accentuate periodic references and protect the building’s history and character, the design studio carefully restored fireplaces to their former glory and recreated cornices and skirtings as per original designs.

The office floors themselves underwent a number of structural changes to produce efficient workspaces. Now, each meeting room contains richly painted wall panels, cornices and high skirtings. Inside the bathrooms, marble wall tiles have been accentuated with patterned tile flooring and premium sanitaryware fittings, and throughout the kitchens, the décor bears fluted smoked oak panels with reeded glass and brass details for a classy finish.

To complement St. James’ views, Bluebottle opted to keep the design bright and airy in the meeting rooms and open plan offices, with big windows and neutral light oak flooring, partnered with wool carpet. 

The light-centric design has been extended to the sixth floor; once the smallest in the building, a newly opened rotunda has filled the space with character, light and striking views of the capital.

Downstairs on the ground floor, visitors are met with impactful design as soon as they walk into the newly refurbished entrance hall. With a fusion of colour and textiles, the stairs and lift have been refreshed and match the reception area, adorned with mosaic tile flooring and smooth painted wall panels.

Creative studio OW-N Furniture provided furnishings and accessories throughout the building, including furniture, crockery, artwork and plants. Matching Bluebottle’s designs, the furnishings remain inviting and neutral so businesses can inject their own personality once they have moved in.

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