Creating our own space

Space Zero HQ : Zenith Building

What do designers create for themselves? When we moved into a new 4,500 sqft space in The Zenith Building, in the heart of Manchester’s commercial district, we had the opportunity to construct our own ideal working environment.

 

Faced with a blank canvas, and responding directly to the wants and needs of our workforce revealed in surveys and focus groups, our in-house team set about transforming The Studio, answering to client CEO, Wayne Taylor. From a white box mezzanine suite with little direct access to daylight, we transformed Space Zero HQ into a bright, uncompromisingly stylish and flexible workspace.

The design was inspired by the idea of ‘life-size’ and as a result, the fit-out features bold patterns, colours and forms used as accents in an otherwise quiet and calm environment. Features include the striking blue meeting room, vibrant food preparation area, tiled columns, statement doorways and chevron runway through the centre of the office. The main colour palette of white and blush pink is highlighted with rose gold and copper accessories, while creative planting is also used throughout the office to add a biophilic splash of green.

Electronic height-adjustable desks have been installed throughout to support an employee wellbeing strategy, revolutionising the way the team works, and a variety of informal work settings were created to give staff freedom and the ability to choose where they want to complete their tasks – quiet areas for focused working, flexible meeting spaces for collaboration and group work and a reference library for research and 1-2-1s. Creation of The Den in the centre of the main office space has given the team direct access to the company directors. Half-height padded leather walls have been used to enclose this area, act as a noise buffer and provide privacy, while maintaining an open feel.

“We have seen a huge culture shift in the office. The team is inspired to create similarly environments high-performing workspaces for our clients. Colleagues are happier spending time on-site, productivity has increased, and absences have decreased.”
 
Wayne Taylor, CEO – Space Zero