Danish studio Norm Architects used pale wood, red brick, sandstone and stainless steel to create the interiors of the office group’s Chancery House workspace in London.
Located above London’s underground Silver Vaults Market, the 1953 building has been renovated by dMFK Architects and given new interiors by Norm Architects of The Office Group (TOG).
Currently, the 11,612 square meter space includes a workspace, gym, yoga studio, cafe, library, event space, and sauna.
Norm Architects referenced the building’s existing design when creating the interior, which the firm says is rooted in the “spirit of the building.”
“In this effort to incorporate what was already there, we integrated the traditional red brick of the façade into the interior in a modern way,” Noam Architects’ Sophie Thorning told Dezeen.
“In this way, the selected materials are more emphasized than those we normally use, but our usual focus on creating comfortable and calming spaces through the use of natural materials remains the same. ” she continued.
The ground floor has been reconfigured by dMFK Architects to improve the flow of the building, with a larger entrance onto Chancery Lane.
This floor houses a cafe and lounge area, decorated by Noam Architects using primarily wood and brick materials.
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer views and access to two courtyards that flood the building with light.
“By utilizing natural shapes, materials, and colors, we create spaces that feel good, look good, and last,” says Thorning.
“By combining soft and hard materials, such as textiles and brick, the space is both stimulating for the user and at the same time exuding warmth, which is so important for working and relaxing in a home space. ”
The same material palette is used in the workspaces above the ground floor of the eight-story building.
Norm Architects also restored some existing materials in the building’s common spaces.
“The main materials, colors and patterns in the space all come from the existing building; [which is] “Why red brick, sandstone, concrete and stainless steel are gaining traction,” Sonig explained.
“Additionally, we preserved the existing terrazzo elements of the stairs and hallways and reflected the green elements of the nearby park within the courtyard.”
Furthermore, by using silver-colored materials, the studio wanted to represent the Chancery House’s location on top of the Silver Vault.
“The London Silver Vault is and always will be a big part of the history of this building, so we immediately knew we wanted to pay homage to it inside,” Thorning said.
“We decided to introduce both brushed and polished stainless steel into the material palette as an expression of silver, and as details and joinery throughout the building.”
Pale wood and red brick used throughout the building are matched with rustic textures, jute rugs and bobble pillows, enhancing the natural feel of the interiors.
The building’s exterior was clad in WasteBasedBricks, which incorporate at least 60 percent recycled construction waste. On Chancery House’s rooftop terrace, garden furniture in warm rust red steel matches the red hue of the brick walls.
“We wanted to create a project that captures the spirit of the place, with the character of the area in mind. We hope it will serve the area as a hub in its context.” concluded Thorning.
Norm Architects often works with natural materials. Other projects by the studio include a Japanese “hotel in the sky” and an indoor-outdoor greenhouse restaurant.
Cinematography by Jake Curtis.