BVN and Jasmax were joint architects on the project and BVN CEO James Grose says The B:HIVE interior was foremost created with flexibility in mind.
“The building has been designed effectively as an empty box with an organic connecting volume. This enables complete flexibility on each floor plate.
“However, for the initial launch of The B:HIVE, the flexible zones are located around the central atrium, with moveable studios set on the perimeter.
“These are constructed with a demountable wall system, modified for this project with sliding doors to facilitate and maximise the free flow of space and air. All the furniture is moveable and interchangeable, too, enabling swift reformatting of zones – again furthering complete tenant flexibility.”
With its skylight comprised of a staggering 13 tonnes of glass, the light-filled central atrium is a major feature of The B:HIVE interior. And within this, the reception and sculptural staircase play key roles in the function and look of the space.
“The B:HIVE is conceived as a serviced community, an approach that is trending globally as workplaces become more integrated to lifestyle,” says Grose. “Therefore, the eye-catching reception is more like a concierge desk, ensuring that occupants and their guests experience a ‘hosted’ environment rather than a traditional serviced environment.
“It’s conceived that public and private events will occur regularly on the ground floor, with the open forum space and bar creating an after-hours social hub. Artworks and light installations are part of the curated environment, ensuring the building will be a vital and innovative place well into the evening.”
Despite being constructed of 34 tonnes of steel, the feature staircase achieves a light, playful appeal. However, it’s also about smart functionality.
“The idea of a connected and collaborative workplace community is to foster opportunities to engage, collaborate and innovate,” says Grose.
“Here, the elaborate stair is the connector of the independent spaces, and works in conjunction with the organic atrium to create multiple sightlines across the dynamic, bustling building. It also provides for ‘bump’ or chance meetings between occupants. In this sense alone, the dramatic stair energises as well as connects the space.”