Our own practice office sits on a triangular Marylebone site, enclosed on two sides by the backs of domestic buildings. An office campus composed of four interlinked buildings has been developed as a congenial and cost effective workspace for up to 120 people. It is interspersed with sheltered outdoor areas which add variety to the working environment.
The buildings are constructed using the Patera Building System, which we developed for a client as a standardised, single-storey building suitable for industrial or office use, which could be made as kits, delivered to the site in containers and erected quickly with minimal plant.
The original prototype building has a sophisticated tubular-steel lattice frame, placed outside the external envelope of the building. The same insulated panels are used for the walls and roof of the external envelope. The ends are glazed. A later version has simpler columnar supports and sufficient head height to accommodate a mezzanine floor within.
The campus has one of each building type, used as design studios by the different teams working on our various projects throughout the world. A glass entrance and reception area is sheltered by a tensile membrane canopy, which continues on to form a covered way linking the buildings.