The new office space for the International Committee of the Red Cross, on the 7th floor of no. 44 Moorfields, Moorgate, aims to cater for the needs of staff and the social needs of the organisation. The brief, developed with the project team before the outbreak of Covid-19, was to enable flexible working, promote collaboration and well-being within the office, and to do so in a way that minimised environmental impacts, reflecting the ethos of the organisation. Construction took place during the pandemic, and following completion staff are moving into their new home.
The spatial configuration provides a variety of different work settings within a relatively small floor plate. It is essentially open plan with enclosed spaces for meetings, quiet working, confidential work and TV broadcasting. Flexibility and over-lapping uses enable the brief to be met, with the normally porous central assembly space able to be closed off to provide a private meeting room.
There is an emphasis on natural and healthy materials, with low embodied carbon, with an integrated planting scheme to enhance well-being. The colour scheme reflects natural environments, bringing sky and earth into this top floor London office.
Client: Regional Delegation for the UK and Ireland International Committee of the Red Cross Completed: 2021