It’s not often that you see an office space that you’d happily move into and make home, but this totally transformed bank in the heart of Birmingham has me weak at the knees. It’s the work of award-winning London-based design studio Run For The Hills who have transformed the former unloved and dilapidated Georgian building into an urban chic, loft style office space. In doing so they have restored the heritage building to its former glory and totally raised the bar on workspace design in the city at the same time.
Drawing inspiration from Georgian facades and private members club entrances, the exterior of the property is now befitting of the young, vibrant clientele it seeks to attract. The front door, repainted in an inky dark Paint & Paper Library blue, is adorned with bronze ironmongery, an antique-style bell, door knocker, letter plate and buzzer. Above and around the main sandstone entrance, statement new signage in blackened steel and antique brass gives visitors a hint of the premium design within. Inside, the main lobby features oversized antique mirrors, flanked by the project’s statement dark blue painted walls.
Head of the interior design team, Anna Burles, comments; “The brief from our Client, Dunmoore, was to create a taste of Soho/Shoreditch in the heart of Birmingham. We wanted to create a space that felt urban and cool but also sophisticated and appropriate for the building. Our monochromatic scheme of deep midnight blues, urban greys, off whites, chalk and
clay is dramatic but with an elegant, utterly timeless feel which would appeal to men and women.”
The new open-plan offices feature super high ceilings with exposed concrete pillars, exposed steel beams and oversized vintage blackened steel mirrors. The ‘studios’ also feature large, steel-framed Crittall windows on all sides, allowing oodles of natural light to flood through the space. The show suite on the 4th floor also showcases the stylish shaker style kitchens designed by the interiors team, featuring crisp marble worktops, super dark painted cabinets and doors, antique brass taps, butler sinks and apothecary style cabinet handles. Rather than overhead cupboards,the kitchens have reclaimed timber open shelving with cast iron brackets, making a style statement and keeping things feeling light and airy.
Each floor of the building also has beautifully styled WCs and private showers, featuring the original reclaimed parquet from the Georgian Bank’s original fit out. While standout features include new dark painted geometric timber panelling, new Victoriana style sinks and high level cistern WCs, with industrial cool wall lights and tilting mirrors. All of which would be much more at home in a boutique hotel than your average workspace.
The Clients and design team chose to retain and restore as much of the original building as possible, removing wall and ceiling partitions to open up the space, cleaning original limestone, refurbishing the entrance staircase handrails and ironwork balustrade and restoring the original parquet flooring wherever possible. Mixing the original wood with new sections of concrete flooring to create an urban cool old-meets-new look to floors. Sleek, architectural lighting was then introduced to accentuate the original features and pick out design details.
If I worked here, I’d never leave.
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