LARGE OFFICE WINNER
Expedia Offices | London, United Kingdom
Edge | London, United Kingdom

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Design Statement:
The client, the world's largest online travel company, wanted to move into an 80,000 sq ft space over two floors of the newly-refurbished Angel Building in Islington, with the new premises also serving as the European HQ. Rapid growth had meant the sacrifice of collaborative spaces at the company's previous offices and a primary requirement of the new brief was to design exciting interactive spaces with contingency for further growth. A further imperative was to ensure that the offices were attractive enough to retain and attract the very best staff, overcoming any concerns about a move out of central London. The starting point for the scheme was the concept of 'Genius Loci' or 'Spirit of Place' which acts as the scheme's inspiration and also finds literal form in many multi-layered features that celebrate and capture the excitement of travel, including interactive rooms inspired by travel destinations. Additional new space has allowed the client to double their staff within a 12-month period and provided staff with a bright and attractive environment in which to work. "Staff constantly have a smile on their faces and it's hard to get them to go home at night!" says European Real Estate Manager Janis Batten, adding that attracting new staff has not been a problem. 'Recruits are falling over themselves to work here' . The scheme has also been awarded a Silver SKA rating. The design team has subsequently been commissioned to create the company's Global Workplace Guidelines' and to design seven more of the client's offices around the world.
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