To ensure the authenticity of the space, MCM looked at the purpose of Ignition, focused on enabling its objectives, and to the building itself – focusing on honesty and purity in materials and design and making the most of what was existing within the building. The base palette of materials consisted of products in their most natural state, and those authentic to a modern office building: metal access floors, exposed concrete, bare plasterboard and plaster, natural fibres, naturally dyed flooring, and perforated metal.
‘We layered our secondary palettes to induce physical and emotional responses depending on their location,’ says MCM Design Director Deepak Parmar. ‘These included refreshment, restoration, growth, health, energy, communication, efficiency and creativity. It was essential that the design philosophy was followed throughout, down to every small detail. To complement the raw materials, we used exposed, but beautifully detailed joints and fixings. This meant extensive sessions with sub-contractors, using standard material and sheet sizes where possible to avoid waste.’