The reception area is the perfect opportunity to create a physical or graphic reflection of a firm’s ethos – one that greets clients, colleagues and friends alike on their arrival. This was certainly the case for family construction company ADCO, when Woods Bagot fitted out the company’s new office.
Woods Bagot designer Brittany Pearce says the ADCO reception is at the heart of the space and is the first thing you see when stepping out of the lift.
“The individualistic reception desk and privacy screen behind are both finished in the same unusual treatment,” says Pearce.
“Referencing ADCO’s agile, innovative approach to construction, the design makes a feature of a classic building material – wood – being considered afresh through its use in a build format usually associated with another building material – brick.”
Besides evoking the company’s woodworking dexterity, the feature wall also performs other functions, both in terms of providing a statement of company intent and regarding space allocation.
“Essentially, the meandering wall divides and organises the office floor – helping to define a series of open and collaborative workspaces,” says Pearce. “At the same time, its porous nature allows sightlines through to the office’s various desking and meeting spaces – an arrival experience that comments on the importance ADCO places on openness and transparency in business.”
And it’s this sense of transparency that informs much of the light, contemporary fit-out.