London – Stockholm-based Note Design Studio has completed its first major project in the United Kingdom with Summit House, a new London co-working space from The Office Group. The setup is housed in a 1925 Grade II listed building in the city’s Holborn area, steps away from the British Museum on Red Lion Square. The practice brought a bit of its heritage to Summit House, protecting its existing art deco features and refurbishing it in its entirety in the 1920s pre-functionalist, modernist style of Swedish Grace.
The Office Group had been talking for ‘ages’ with Note, according to co-CEO Charlie Green, waiting for the right project to collaborate on. Summit House felt a natural fit. The company provides membership access – for start-ups and businesses – to offices, co-working spaces and meeting rooms in London, Bristol and Leeds. The monthly rate for an individual desk at Summit House, for example, starts at 650 euros, including use of cushy amenities such as a roof garden, fully stocked showers and even a mindful ‘recharge’ room. Currently, the group has close to 50 buildings and over 18,000 members – former clients include the likes of Facebook, Dropbox and Adobe.
Summit House is set throughout four storeys, quite a large project to tackle at 4,180 sq-m. Its façade is striking, with a carved wooden door and masterful tilework. Note wanted to focus especially on the structure’s geometry and proportions – which drew the team to reference Swedish Grace – and can be noticed in the custom furniture they developed for the space. A palette of warm white and rich caramel offset by dark red and green balance the natural light that illuminates the interiors. The material palette was well-considered too, comprised of complementary oak, stainless steel, stone glass and terrazzo. Pieces and fixtures from Lee Broom, Konstantin Grcic, Chris Martin, Philippe Malouin and Andreas Engesvik help tie the space together.
‘We felt the connection to Swedish Grace when gazing upon Summit House, so it felt natural to seek inspiration there,’ explained Johannes Carlström, interior architect and founder at Note. ‘The building has a certain elegance to it, which we really wanted to preserve and enhance through our concept for the interior.’