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JRA designs Mindspace’s second coworking space in London

Spanning 4,100 sq m across two floors, Mindspace Shoreditch incorporates informal meeting areas, lounges, private offices and phone booths. JRA collaborated closely with Mindspace to create a design true to its signature boutique style.

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17/02/2020 2 min read

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  • Architects and Interior Designer

    John Robertson Architects

  • Surfaces

    Pentagon Tiles, Fired Earth, Mosaico, Domus

  • Joinery

    Basic Collection

  • Furniture

    Basic Collection

  • Lighting

    Mullan, Il Fanale, Clippings

  • Artwork

    Mindspace- Dari Shecter VP of Creative & Design + Surface View

John Robertson Architects has completed the fit-out design for Mindspace Shoreditch, a creative hub for start-ups, technology companies and innovators.

The building, located on Appold Street in the heart of London’s Shoreditch neighbourhood, provides a second location for the major co-working brand. This follows the success of its flagship branch in Aldgate – also designed by JRA and opened in 2017. The Shoreditch office will allow Mindspace to increase its presence in the London market, while adding to the company’s portfolio of spaces in Berlin, Munich, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

Spanning 4,100 sq m across two floors, Mindspace Shoreditch incorporates informal meeting areas, lounges, hot desks, kitchens, private offices and phone booths. JRA collaborated closely with Mindspace to create a design which was true to its signature boutique hospitality style, while also providing a space that reflects the cutting- edge style and vibrancy of the East London area.

“The ‘one-on-one’ private booths were inspired by the feel of traditional train carriages, while the space’s bold colours, materials and maximised internal daylight complements the more intimate feel and restrained palette of our previous Mindspace scheme near Liverpool Street,” commented Angela St Clair-Ford, Project Director at John Robertson Architects. “The floor tile patterns were bespoke designs from Morocco, providing the different areas within the space with a strong, vibrant canvas on which to contrast and complement furniture and fittings.”

The office space features playful wall murals and a range of carefully curated vintage furniture and artwork, combining to provide an engaging and stimulating work environment. JRA was responsible for both the concept and developed design, as well as the final planning documents and joinery package. The practice was able to accomplish the project on a tight timescale due to its in-depth knowledge of the Mindspace brand. The building offers a stylish, community-minded environment for businesses of different sizes and sectors.

“We worked closely with Mindspace to create a lively, engaging design that illustrates the heart of their brand,” said Angela. “As part of our approach, we undertook extensive research on hospitality design, visiting Mindspace’s branches in Munich, and drawing on antique markets and local shops to curate original artworks with local artists. These artworks now decorate the vast lounge spaces where users collaborate and interact.”

Founded in 2014 by Dan Zakai and Yotam Alroy, Mindspace operates a total of 15 co-working spaces in locations such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Tel Aviv, and Warsaw.

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