A Brilliant Co-Working Space in London

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Architects PENSON have crafted an interior with pops of neon colour and bold graphics for Co-Work Angel, where small businesses share resources under one roof.

Like most co-working spaces, Co-Work Angel (so named for the nearby Angel tube station) is geared towards providing desk space to entrepreneurs and start-ups whose company structure and even size can change from month to month. Interiors like these – which represent an emerging trend in office use – require a flexible plan that allows tenants to easily come and go, and to grow and shrink the amount of space they occupy as needed.

The layout should also encourage mingling and the cross-pollination of ideas among the many types of professionals working there. As a result, Co-Work Angel – like other co-working spaces – is defined by a large open-concept plan filled with rows of desks that can be used individually or in groups.

To allow these work spaces to be adapted to all different types of desk work, the architects at PENSON kept them minimal. But minimal does not mean boring. Colour and pattern are used throughout the office to establish a unique atmosphere that’s both futuristic and professional.

Much of the space’s character is supplied by the ceiling, which PENSON carved up into irregular geometric shapes. While these coffers are outlined in brilliant yellow along their bottom edges, the top edges house concealed strip lighting that provide recessed illumination in a subtle glow. Elsewhere, suspended ventilation pipes are painted a matching neon yellow, adding a jolt of energy while unifying the space.

Interspersed among these ceiling features, an assortment of striking light fixtures, including Deadgood‘s Wire Pendant, contribute to the space’s modern feel. Underfoot, floor coverings from Bolon, Desso and Object Carpet contrast low-pile runners in muted grey with patches of plush shag in robin’s egg blue.

Along the periphery, conference rooms are enclosed in full-height glass emblazoned with angel-inspired graphics. The lunch space feels more textured, with its subway tile backsplash, Tolix’s multicoloured cafe chairs and a rustic wooden table, offering a cozy respite for workers looking to escape their desks for a few moments.

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