Headquartered in Amsterdam, our technology-enabled trading client required a London office to support its growth strategy in the EMEA region. As a newly formed branch, the workplace needed to attract the best financial talent.
Addressing its “one team” philosophy, M Moser created a space that connects the design language from the firm’s headquarters with a new local identity.
To encourage collaboration, foster interaction and amplify a new workplace culture, a considerable area of the office is dedicated to people.
- A large area of the office is dedicated to talent, supporting the global “one team” philosophy.
- Design language from the Amsterdam headquarters is showcased while manifesting a local identity.
- Work sensitivity is recognised through considered layout planning, ensuring privacy on the trading floor.
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Championing workplace culture
When an office is designed with the needs of people at its core, it activates memorable experiences for employees and visitors alike. A large portion of the workplace is a dedicated social and lounge area connecting staff outside trading hours.
To champion natural interaction, it features a large coffee bar, lounge seating with a television for gaming, and a dining area. To replicate a comfortable and homely setting, it offers a range of healthy snacks for staff to enjoy.
The “biophilia hypothesis” indicates that humans seek out connection with nature and that these connections can improve mental wellbeing. Unique to Central London, the office benefits from undisturbed views of open green space. An abundance of natural light floods in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Using design elements to improve mood can help increase collaboration and sense of belonging.
Richard Fisher, Senior Associate - Design, commented, “The project was a unique opportunity to create design solutions for a company opening a new regional branch, for a new workforce. To support expansion, the layout has been developed to enable additional desks on the trading floor”.
Global design language, local identity
The front of house showcases the design language from its Amsterdam headquarters. Walls, glass partitioning and reception desk feature curved elements to pay homage to the company heritage.
In contrast, the social and lounge area activates a new local identity. The design aesthetic tales inspiration from its London setting - a city bar with terrazzo counter, metal barstools and droplet-shaped pendant lighting. Through warm and tactile material choices, the space creates a homely look-and-feel to encourage staff to socialise both during and after work hours.
Recognising security requirements
As a global liquidity provider specialising in exchange-traded products, the project team understood that security protocols were paramount to the office design. Recognising the sensitive nature of work, the floorplan has been zoned around the privacy of its employees.
On arrival into the front of house lobby, access to the 8-person boardroom and client-facing meeting room is only accessible to guests via a security keycard.
Security keycards are also required to access the open-plan trading floor. Implementing behaviour-based design, screens and desks have been positioned away from visiting guests.
Championing a connected workplace culture with people at its core, the office amplifies identity to support a collaborative philosophy.
Do you have an office design requirement in London? Contact Emily Downes, Senior Associate.
- Status Completed
- Area 3,000 sq ft
- Location London
- Photographer Marek Sikora / Alex Kendrick