The Frames, arranged over five storeys, is designed to offer flexible workspace for new and growing companies
The with 7,400m2 building just south of Old Street in London contains office and studio units alongside shared meeting rooms, break-out areas, bicycle storage, shower facilities and a café.
The Frames has a material palette of brick, metal and glass, which is designed to complement the surrounding South Shoreditch Conservation Area. Brick columns are interrupted by Cor-ten-clad window reveals on the lower façade, while the top two floors are set back and feature perforated aluminium fins which provide solar shading.
The interior palette is characterised by ‘raw’ materials and finishes such as polished concrete floors, exposed soffits, Cor-ten-clad lift cores and a folded steel staircase.
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Interiors at The Frames were designed to create a relaxed and comfortable aesthetic in contrast to the raw industrial finishes of the building. Inspiration was drawn from traditional trades in Shoreditch, including textile manufacturing, printing and furniture-making. On entering the building, the striking mural by artist Mr Jago establishes a vibrant colourscape for the reception, and acts as a backdrop to a folded perforated metal staircase. At the summit of the metal staircase is an open plan first-floor breakout space with workspace units beyond, and a glazed bridge which links to a glass-walled meeting room – the Mr Jago artwork extending into the room to create a feature wall. Chair upholstery fabrics are selected to highlight the vibrant orange tones in the artwork.
Henry Squire, partner, Squire & Partners
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Start on site April 2016
Completion October 2018
Gross internal floor area 7,343m2
Form of contract Traditional
Construction cost £25 million
Construction cost per m2 £2,580
Architect Squire & Partners
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Main contractor HG Construction
M&E consultant Furness Green
QS Pierce Hill
Reception artwork Mr Jago
Planning consultant GVA
Environmental consultant Etude
Acoustic consultant Applied Acoustic Design
Approved building inspector BCA (Building Control Approval)
CAD software used MicroStation
Annual CO2 emissions 103,800kg