The office design M Moser created for real-time 3D platform Unity in Brighton acts as an immersive user experience that empowers its creators and wider community.
Unity had outgrown its previous spaces and required a single office that would foster connectivity between its staff, while providing an exceptional client-facing experience.
Having occupied multiple buildings in the area since 2009, the interior design honours both the company’s longstanding ties to Brighton and reflects company values globally.
A community-driven environment spread over four-storeys, the office focuses on creating unique experiences for both work and play.
The office design celebrates Unity’s vibrant workplace culture and Brighton location.
An immersive digital experience to explore new technologies in the top floor, VR and games lounges, and throughout.
Each floor is divided between work areas and a central community space, creating opportunities to focus, collaborate, or socialise.
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Connecting with the local environment
Unity’s workplace culture is community-focused and inclusive. The design concept celebrates the Brighton Bandstand, an iconic destination that unites people at the city’s sea front. Inspired by this, each floor opens into a central arrival and social area, featuring touchdown co-working opportunities, with refreshment spaces to bring people together and encourage informal interaction.
Bespoke murals on each of the four floors were created by local artists to enhance the connection between the office and the city. Each with their own unique perspective, the artworks play on Unity’s value to “Be Bold”, from the characters and gaming references of Mister Phil to the waves of colour found throughout Brighton and showcased in Unity’s workplace by Lois O’Hara.
An immersive user journey
Users enter into the front of house area that features a tech suite with multi-purpose virtual reality lounge. Placing the VR lounge in a visible setting enables Unity to showcase new technology as part of the visitor journey. The suite features a games room, multi-purpose training area, large boardroom, and video conferencing room.
Emphasising the digital experience, the project team made the conscious decision to enclose the VR lounge with soft furnishings and carpets so guests feel comfortable and safe with their headsets on. Hard surfaces limited and furniture distant, the area limits any potential obstacles for users whilst they play.
A 4x4m square in the centre of the ceiling was left exposed. The bespoke raft suspended from this void houses the high-level VR sensors and other equipment that enables the virtual environment.
To customise the user journey and create unique experiences for visitors, each of the tech suite spaces connects via the reception desk, arrival area, and work experience room.
To support workplace culture, guests enter through the reception area into the large events space with on-site hospitality bar named and branded Seagulls Rest. Staff and visitors can catch-up with a drink, hide away in the booths at the back, or enjoy the lounge for watching events on the high-level screen above the central counter.
Seagulls Rest caters to Unity’s “Users first” company value with custom touches that include tiered seating, collaboration benches, and a Polaroid wall that introduces new employees to their colleagues.
Flexible furniture solutions encourage spaces to adapt to suit the needs of each person or team. The top floor is dedicated to the user experience, a reconfigurable social hub that can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual or team. It can seat Unity’s employees for dining, activate a theatre-style ‘all hands’ company meeting, or host external events.
Creating an inclusive space for different user workstyles
To support diversity in the way people work most effectively, the interior design for the workstation areas is neutral and muted to create a sense of calm when focused, task-based work is required. From user research, we learned that a high proportion of “heads down” work necessitated a clear change between work and social space to minimise distractions.
Meeting areas with an array of room typologies feature monitors, different table settings, customised AV kit, whiteboards and power charging stations provide diversity of function for staff to choose.
Self-sufficient neighbourhoods with an equal balance of tea points, meeting rooms, and breakout spaces nurture the workplace culture and encourage staff to socialise and build relationships.
Shaping experiences through colour
The office design celebrates the effervescence of its location, an important consideration unique to Unity’s community, culture, and company pride.
Developed with a deep understanding of the brand story and business objectives, an impactful colour palette engages users throughout the space. As employees are predominately desk-based, tones are muted and calm in the workspaces. Explosions of colour in the connective areas and social spaces supports interaction through dynamic contrast.
Exposed services areas have been sprayed in a dusty pink, and beams in a dark, dusty red. This treatment enables a dramatic tonal shift to complement other bold colour choices throughout the workplace.
“The collaborative relationship between Unity and M Moser enabled the project team to easily embed workplace culture and company values into the office design.
This knowledge enabled M Moser to create a space that empowers staff to do their best work, in the same way Unity’s technology offering empowers its creators.
Engaging local artists to create striking murals infuses Unity’s “Be bold” approach on each floor and celebrates the Brighton community.”
Global Manager, Design & Construction
Unity’s community-driven workplace aligns a variety of different spaces and work settings to create a technology-infused brand journey, with a unique and impactful office design.
For office design requirements in London or the U.K., please contact Emily Downes, Senior Associate - Client Services.
- Status Completed
- Area 37,000 sq ft
- Completion date 2020
- Location Brighton
- Photographer Alex Kendrick
Gold - DRIVENxDESIGN - London Design Awards 2020