Douglas House is a 47,000 sq ft building at 131–151 Great Titchfield Street on the Langham Estate in the West End. The most striking feature of the design is a curvilinear wall of glass blocks that runs the entire length of the ground floor. As well as creating a physical passage between the rooms at the rear, the wall also connects them visually, with the material intensity and unexpectedly fluid wavy forms echoed in the custom-made lighting rafts.
The glass wall also delineates the interior colour palette, with warm woody neutrals and desert shades defining the communal spaces and break-out areas, and cooler blues throughout the meeting and working areas where concentration is required. Bold pops of primary colour cut through the neutrals, with ultramarine Marenco armchairs and Arflex sofas, Muller van Severen hanging lamps and powder-coated stools in red and blue.
‘There are some fundamentals that we have to address as priorities with every building; these principally being natural light, volume and openness,’ comments Charlie Green, cofounder of TOG. ‘The architecture and fabric of this building provided us with these attributes in abundance, which we then enhanced through elements such as the feature glass wall. It is so striking and runs the full length of the ground floor, allowing natural light to flood both into the reception area and lounges, and back through to the meeting rooms.’