Dubbed The Greenhouse, Interface’s UK headquarters re-defines what possible with nature 10 floors above the ground. Spread across 7,500 sq ft in Central Birmingham's The Colmore Building, we designed a space that showcased their full suite of flooring finishes. Every square foot is unique; with varied finishes, sustainable furniture and views over the city.
This was simple – create a space with a wow factor! Interface designs a range of commercial flooring solutions, each taking inspiration from natural environments. This led us to reflect the wider environments that inspired their products throughout their office design. The challenge was to seamlessly design an office that doubled as a showroom; through integrating their range of 30+ flooring solutions into the design.
Taking in the view
The building’s floor-to-ceiling windows allow an abundance of light to shine through to the 10th floor of this iconic building. We made sure the design made the most of this; situating different working and meeting areas close to the windows, and even integrating café-style high seating into the windows themselves. Staff will feel as if they’re working above the clouds.
On entering the space, you’re met with a wisteria tree sprouting from the kitchen island, its vines and flowers intertwined with feature lighting and the timber ceiling raft above. This creates a central point of calm in a space that blends showroom with workspace. Instead the wisteria with its pink hues contrasts with the wooden finishes and teal greens used in the kitchen to create a serene sense of calm.
Nature plays a key part in Interface’s product designs, so bringing biophilia into the working environment was important. Nature is all around you in this office; from the timber floorings and wall coverings, to the wooden desks, and even agile working areas with pot plants hanging from above, this is an office that truly rejuvenates the soul.
The office hero
The hero of each area had to be Interface’s flooring products, so we designed the layout and working areas to best showcase how their products could be used to set the tone for different working areas.
Careful consideration was made in choosing the furniture to compliment the varied flooring design, as we didn’t want anything to distract from Interface’s products. All finishes, fabrics and fittings were chosen for their sustainable properties