Como has completed a 45,000 sq ft fit out for Adobe, the global technology company. Spread over three floors in the new White Collar Factory building, Adobe’s office is located on the Old Street roundabout in London’s Tech City district.
The office will serve as Adobe’s new Sales & Marketing hub for London/Europe, and will house around 375 staff for the technology company.
Como began working on site in March 2017, and handed over the majority of the site to Adobe by mid-June. Final completion of the remaining 13th floor took place in July.
The scheme – designed by Gensler and Hoare Lea and managed by Turner & Townsend – is a mixture of open plan areas, meeting rooms, phone booths and a new customer experience center.
An interconnecting feature staircase constructed in bold, red perforated metal mesh around a steel structure that sits on a combination of concrete and timber platforms. Light cubes on wire mimic falling pixels spreading through the void space. The feature stair connects staff across levels 7 and 8 and reflects the industrial feel of the building. The overall aim was to create a feeling of home, not just a workspace, that tells the story of the Adobe brand and culture.
The soffit is generally exposed with fabric baffles aiding acoustics and aesthetics, punctuated with areas of suspended metal mesh. The fabric baffling continues with meeting rooms and phones booths, along with large AV arrangement.
Level 13 provides a customer facing area that allows Adobe to showcase their latest products to clients and visitors. Finishes in this area are more refined and higher spec to create a polished contrast to the industrial nature of the space. A large combinable space is made up of a retractable front elevation movable wall and internal Skyfold partition. A microscreed floor finish with the look and feel of concrete runs through this and other selected areas.
Cameron Balls, Adobe’s Real Estate and Project Delivery Manager, said:
“Como has worked tirelessly to ensure our fantastic new office space was delivered on budget, on time and to the exceptionally high standard Adobe demands. The completed product is an office we’re very proud of, and most importantly, a space that our staff couldn’t be happier with and love working in.”
Nick Hoffman, Como’s Contracts Manager, said:
“This has been a fantastic project and the end result is a sensational office design in a spectacular location. Adobe are a great client, and alongside Turner & Townsend, Gensler and Hoare Lea it’s been a privilege to help one of the world’s leading technology brands build their new London home.”
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