런던 맥쿼리사의 11개의 레이어를 통합적으로 연결하는 중앙의
오픈 아트리움은 다양한 미팅스페이스와 업무 스페이스 그리고
라운지 및 휴식공간을 통합 연결한다. 이것은 오픈 아트리움 내부에 디자인된 레드 스테어로 구체화되며, 금융서비스의 새로운 투명성을 강조하는 모델로 상징적인 의미를 가지고 있다.
상이한 공간을 실질적으로 연결하는 레드스테어는 직원들의 메인 동선으로 사용되며 11개의 레이어를 다이렉트로 연결한다. d이와 같은 오픈 아트리움은 레드스테이를 통하여 모든 뷰를 통합관리하여 효율적인 업무와 투명성을 보장한다.
또한 이곳을 찾는 고객들에게도 투명한 금융환경을 제공함으로써 신뢰를 토한 비즈니스에 적합하도록 형성한다. 자의적인 디자인 요소가 아닌 적극적인 공간구성과 활용은 내부 프로그램의 활력을 불어 넣는다.
reviewed by SJ
Macquarie’s Ropemaker Place was designed as a model for a new transparency in banking services revolving around an open atrium and connecting staircase.
By virtue of their size, large corporations face a spatial problem of creating a unified community and leveraging their considerable knowledge sharing potential. Macquarie, an Australian financial services company, took a radical approach to connecting its separate divisions with its new London headquarters. Having been fragmented in different buildings, Macquarie leased 216,000SF in 6 large floors for 1,800 staff, in a new LEED Platinum/BREAAM rated building.
Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: Ropemaker Place, London
Client: Macquarie Group Ltd
Executive Architect: Pringle Brandon
Area: 217,500 SF (20,207 SM)
Inception: March 2010
Completion: March 2011
Photograph: Courtesy of Clive Wilkinson Architects
Stacked floors in office buildings present an innate barrier to business connectivity. In an effort to facilitate a clear and open connection between the corporate divisions, we worked with Macquarie to carve out a new vertical opening in the form of an Atrium. Working between the existing structural steel bays, a six-story organically shaped volume was created. Planned along desire lines connecting the different functions, a new continuous staircase traverses the Atrium and has become the visible banner of connectivity. To stress its importance in connectivity, the stair was painted red, with LED lights illuminating the treads.
While the Atrium serves to connect the businesses, it also becomes a bridge into the workings of the bank for visitors. Clients and visitors are greeted in the ground floor lobby and emerge, via elevators, on the Level 11 Guest Relations area. From here, they engage in confidential dealings in private rooms, use the conference or event spaces, or meet within the dramatic atrium volume and enjoy clear views into all the Macquarie workspace.
Just as there are different experiences for visitors and users, two separate messages about the brand coincide. The entry sequence for visitors is shaped by a message of simplicity and restraint which begins at the ground floor street presence and follows through to the Level 11 guest spaces. The linear ‘pin-stripe’ of City tradition informs the architectural design and graphics, with a more exuberant expression in the linear ceiling treatment.Once immersed in the Atrium space, the brand becomes more animated and informal, with the building structure exposed and the clear message that this is a modern factory for work.
Many sustainability initiatives are achieved with the building, including significant decreases in energy consumption, waste and elevator usage, and net carbon footprint reduction, in line with the top rated BREAAM building. Structural beams cut out of the Atrium were reused to create bridges and cantilevered pods. Engineered cellular space reduces churn costs, and a computer-controlled daylight harvesting system with LED lighting provides significant energy savings. Furthermore, an emphasis on foot traffic using the Atrium staircase has cut elevator usage by 75% while promoting employee health.
The visible energy of people circulating and interacting in the highly transparent Atrium serves as the catalyst for drawing the different business units together and provides the synergy to collaborate with each other in new business ventures. It further underscores the financial services company’s brand as an agile, forward thinking and highly collaborative 21st Century Company.
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