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39 ST JAMES’S STREET

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39 ST JAMES’S STREET

A different kind of office fit-out, for a heritage office block, located within the City of Westminster.

Piccadilly, Westminster.

39 St James’s Street is a timeless building that will remain forever. Why not invest in the interior in the same way, reducing the need to landfill expensive and non-recyclable bespoke furniture? If a tenant can move into an interesting space rather than a traditional Cat A ‘white box’, off-the-shelf furniture could be used and easily reused.

Traditionally the exciting elements of an office come as part of the Cat B fit out. This usually includes bespoke and/or expensive joinery and furnishings, however these are often the elements which are stripped out and landfilled when a new tenant moves in.
Why not focus on adding the interest into the Cat A to reduce the need for wasteful, bespoke items?

Existing – A very typical existing fit out that gives no response to the siting of the office.

Typical Cat A Fit out – A typical Cat A fit out could reveal the existing concrete slabs but still leaves significant work to be carried out by the new tenant to bring the space into a functional office. This needs to be carried out for each new tenant with specific branding and finishes create considerable waste that could be avioded.

DFA Cat A – Why fully strip out an office space for every new tenant? What if the ‘white-box’ space that a client would usually move into was an interesting and activated space that reflected the location and history of the building? Sufficient personalisation would still be possible to give the space the branding of each new company but the core of the fit out will be reused and create the interest everyone wants from an office.

Cat B Fit Out – Tenants can then add their own loose FF&E to make it their own at minimal cost and minimal waste after taking over from the previous inhabitant. An sustainable and economical solution for tenants and landlords.

Project Info

STATUS
CONCEPT DESIGN, 2022
TYPE
OFFICE
LOCATION
BOROUGH
WESTMINSTER
AREA
TBC