London – For its first workspace outside of San Francisco, tech-startup accelerator RocketSpace engaged LOM Architecture and Design to build up the new north-London campus within the former Royal Bank of Scotland’s cash-handling facility and underground vault. The building, which has been stripped down to its original concrete and brickwork structure, reflects the company’s utilitarian approach to collaboration in a growth-focused workplace.
Over 1,200 tonnes of material were removed to make space for up to 1,500 people amid the clean lines, industrial material palette and bright colour accents of the interior. It seems that in the hopes of cultivating a unicorn – a tech startup that reaches a value of over one billion – designers must create a space free from any off-brand spatial distractions. In removing all of the unnecessary trimmings, LOM exposes the former bank building’s blast-proof reinforced concrete frame. Its loading bays have been converted into a double-level events venue, mezzanine, auditorium and café. The large vault with its maximum-security door has been repurposed into a games room.