NoChintz designs new BTR development with social spaces at its core
NoChintz delivers an adaptable, flexible design that speaks to our times, at Affinity Living’s latest Manchester residential project, Riverview.
Designed in-house by edyn in collaboration with London-based design studios Maison August and Atelier Ochre, the space reflects edyn’s desire to “create spaces that nourish and enliven the soul.”
Often considered leaders of the hybrid hospitality movement, edyn has built a distinctive ‘extended stay’ portfolio which includes aparthotel brand Locke and newly launched serviced apartment brand, Cove. The group’s office redesign was the result of a cross-functional internal taskforce that was assembled during the pandemic to understand how its employees’ needs had evolved in order to attract them back to the office.
The outcome is an inspiring and experiential workplace, which has been thoughtfully devised to foster a sense of community and encourage incidental interactions among its fast-expanding team.
Providing a variety of flexible working options has been key to this project, and the open plan space has been divided into different zones – from traditional meeting spaces and hot-desking to coworking areas and a more casual meeting lounge.
Bold colours, natural materials, and relaxed and statement furniture are complemented by an abundance of verdant greenery, all carefully curated to achieve a dynamic sequence within one large open plan space.
In true edyn style, the space fully transitions from day-to-night for after-hours socialising, with a bespoke DJ booth, cocktail bar and a disco ball.
Sustainable design practises were an essential part of the project from an early stage, with investments made in quality, durable materials such as recycled vinyl and textile offcuts, as well as a wide palette of natural materials such as wood, stone, and fabric.
edyn also worked alongside climate positive procurement consultancy Dodds & Shute to source timber, furniture, and lighting from responsible suppliers including Carl Hansen, Kyadrat and Muuto – in addition to vintage and second-hand furniture.
“We have designed a flexible, vibrant space that cultivates edyn’s lively, dynamic culture,” comments Églantine Sicat, Creative Director, Maison August. “It was a pleasure to work on a project that aims to create a sanctuary for its team, where they can be productive while indulging in shared experiences. Wellbeing was at the heart of the design brief, and we’re proud to have created a functional yet thoughtful space that promotes mindful work, collaboration, and community.”
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