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Following a complete refurbishment and extension from dMFK Architects, The Office Group’s York House is now open in King’s Cross.
York House is the fourth building from The Office Group in the King’s Cross area, and the group’s 38th workspace currently open in the UK.
The reimagined workspace is set across 70,000 sq ft over 8 storeys, transforming the formerly gloomy 80s office building into a large and dynamic space featuring a gym, café, library and excellent views across the capital from the building’s roof garden.
A substantial five storey extension was constructed using a timber frame and angled lattice brickwork in the same brick as the original building, in order to create a welcoming entrance at ground level. dMFK worked with engineers Webb Yates to create a decorative external effect, complemented by a soft internal diffuse light, turning York House into an eye-catching beacon.
Citing influence from the Golden Age of British sculpture, furniture and craft, dMFK created an interior that reflected the building’s roots in the post-war British Art scene, including a sculpture from pioneer of the period, Geoffrey Clarke.
Visitors to York House are greeted by a double height reception area formed of raw finishes – the original concrete structure combined with new exposed timber frame and brick façade. A solid mass of blackened lacquered mild steel makes up the reception desk, sitting in contrast to the façade and lighting on the exposed timber above.
Internally the building’s frame has been exposed, featuring a fit-out of dark wood and terracotta tiles with red and green upholstery influenced by Robin Day. As with The Office Group’s other spaces, natural daylight is a priority, creating a productive and positive environment for members. Wide glazed openings created at ground and lower floors in the building maximise access to daylight across all office and communal spaces.
Upstairs, a number of private and communal courtyards and stepped roof terraces provide spaces for flexible working, including a rooftop pavilion created from innovative sustainable materials such as cross-laminated timber and perforated folded aluminium. The second roof terrace on the 7th floor features a parapet of plum-coloured bricks in a stacked dog-tooth pattern – with excellent views of the City, including Canary Wharf and St Pancras.
With a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, the redesign of York House has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification, and included solar panels, premium installation and double glazing – taking the building’s efficiency rating from G to A.
Charlie Green, Co-CEO at TOG, said: “We own this building so we had a real opportunity to create something different with what was previously an uninspiring building. We have worked with dMFK Architects to totally transform York House, adding 30% more space to the building with various extensions, and the result is something truly stunning.”
Ben Knight, Director at dMFK Architects, commented: “Our seventh and largest office building for The Office Group, this is undoubtedly our most ambitious to date. dMFK’s goal from the outset was to achieve more permeability – opening the building up to the daylight, giving it a more welcoming feel, and maximising the potential of the space throughout. The unusual façade adds a new landmark building to TOG’s portfolio.”
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