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A huge congratulations to BCO winner Havas UK, MCM Architects and the whole Optima team who worked on the HKX project – such an amazing project to have been involved in and we are so proud of the end result!
The judges were inspired by the way this fit out demonstrated that a new workplace can provide the perfect setting to bring individual departments and teams together harmoniously.
Location3 Pancras Square, London
ArchitectMCM Architecture Ltd
When Havas, one of the world’s leading global communications groups, chose to consolidate 1700 employees across seven London locations into one new 10 storey headquarters building in King’s Cross, the design had to be reflective of a modern creative business and one that would spark creativity and collaboration across a number of disciplines. Central to the inspirational fit-out of this landmark ‘vertical village’ was the seamless integration of Optima’s bespoke glass partitioning systems.
For what was an intricate and complex project delivered under a very tight programme, Optima worked with architect MCM and main contractor Structuretone to create offices, breakout spaces and meeting rooms where acoustic performance and design aesthetics of glass partitioning was paramount.
Optima developed a number of bespoke solutions including single glazed Shoreditch Edition glass screens and doors with their distinctive lattice framework. A stunning feature of the auditorium, used to host company events and large company meetings, are the Shoreditch Edition pocket sliding doors within Revolution 100 double glazing, along with pivoting glass doors.
All of the Shoreditch Edition glazing incorporates the architect’s non-uniform ‘Mondrian’ pattern, which brings a unique industrial warehouse feel to this contemporary workspace.
Havas’s new King’s Cross headquarters is an impressive 165,000 sq ft building with exquisite design features. The unique and intricate non-uniform ‘Mondrian’ pattern to the glass screens and doors meant that attention to detail and precision on site were critical. Our design expertise and ability to deliver a complex scheme proved key to the project’s successful completion. We collaborated with MCM throughout to ensure their vision became a reality.
“We loved the ‘Mondrian’ style of glazing, so we chose to work with Optima to ensure we had a robust, high-quality solution for a modern working environment with no compromises on the acoustic integrity or style. We developed the Mondrian pattern across the glazing as a playful way to reflect Havas and their surrounding area as a new creative hub for London. As ever, Optima delivered on quality, service and robust design.”
Laura Bellamy, Designer, MCM Architecture Ltd