Leading global real-time game engine, Unity, is behind half of the world’s computer games. In gaming - experience is everything. Unity wanted M Moser’s London team to design a flexible, community-driven workplace for its global sales teams across Europe. The strategy for the workplace was to showcase its products and solutions in a digitally immersive, virtual reality (VR) environment.
A workplace to bring together partners, clients and industry professionals, the office takes visitors on a brand journey that starts and ends with technology. A digital concierge greets people as they enter the office and a nod to the 900-year-old game, dominos, forms a bespoke artwork that welcomes them to “The home of Unity”.
This residential look-and-feel of the workplace continues into an expansive lounge, where the M Moser team relocated product demonstration from an isolated room to become the visual centrepiece. Placing the function of the workspace at its heart prioritises the virtual-reality experience and makes it a social activity.
The client-designer collaboration was an exciting part of the project as Unity continues to grow into the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) industry, broadening its appeal to the next generation of BIM technologists.
This partnership involved creating a fully interactive virtual walkthrough of the London space to showcase M Moser’s design-build capabilities and Unity’s own High Definition Render Pipeline (HDPR).
Enabling users to engage with different elements of the office design, the walkthrough features the ability to switch between day/night scenes, change textures and materials on office furniture and features, set lighting and access BIM information.
To bring to life the values and ethos of the company, the home of Unity is high-tech, refined and avoids any sense of “corporate”. Situated within a newly refurbished building with plenty of character, the space benefits from 360-degree views of London. The office design provides the team with a functional, flexible workspace and a hub for Unity’s global sales teams across Europe.
Challenging tech workplace norms
Inspired by the mixed-use development at Valentine Place, the aesthetic concept is “Unity’s flat in London”. M Moser created a workplace environment that feels inclusive and communal, embracing the flexibility of home offices to cater to different tasks at different times of the day. The heart of the work environment - a virtual reality bar and lounge - adjoins with several meeting spaces. Clear separation between the front of house and the open-plan workspace was another consideration in the design and planning solution.
Encouraging new ways of working, visitors can now enjoy Unity’s 3D Virtual Experience in a visible, comfortable setting. M Moser considered the security of the company’s sensitive products by incorporating crosshatch glass as a design feature for visual privacy and soft curtains over clear glass, so activity in the client meeting rooms would be shielded from visitors to the office.
“This project was special because it marked our fourth global workplace design collaboration with M Moser. We had a blast and the final product speaks for itself.
‘The home of Unity’ is a small workspace, yet packed with character and soul. The attention to detail, imagination, creativity, and then of course the execution and office fit-out is second to none.
M Moser has built Unity an authentic space, one which perfectly reflects our company values and unique office culture.”
Global Head of Workplace
How we considered sustainability in the workplace
We selected the materials and design solutions carefully; sourcing ethically made and recycled products wherever possible:
- 100% of the light installations throughout the office are LED.
- The concrete used for the reception desk incorporates recycled materials (that would otherwise end up in landfill).
- Carpet tiles are made from 14.4% recycled content, cradle-to-cradle certified and rated “A” under BREEAM Certification.
- Recycled leather backing has been used for the acoustic walls of the meeting rooms.
Future headcount growth
Ensuring enough capacity in the office for future organisational growth was key for Unity. Up to 70% of the workplace has been designed as front of house and client facing areas, but with the flexibility to be adapted into alternative work settings for future use.
Putting the digital experience at the heart of the physical environment, Unity’s new workplace design immerses users in a technology-infused brand journey to exceed expectations, challenge norms and facilitate future business growth.
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- Status Completed
- Area 3,200 sq ft
- Completion date 2018
- Location London
- Photographer Alex Kendrick