Uninterrupted view of the highway
The five-storey building is embedded in the noise barrier, and bisects it completely. The building rests on columns on the side with the main entrance, which looks out onto the car park, and rises straight from the sloping bank of earth on the side facing the motorway. This latter facade features a fifty-metre-wide floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that spans an entire floor, offering the building's occupants an uninterrupted view of the A27 and the world outside from the comfort of the office canteen. The canteen opens out onto a large paved courtyard that constitutes the heart of the building and provides space for social interaction. We located the reception, canteen and several meeting rooms on the first floor and dedicated the top three floors to offices. These offices are designed according to the principles of “Flexible Working” (otherwise known as "Activity Based Working"), which allows the vacant areas to be reconfigured as required.