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When the designers at Stockholm’s Note Design Studio first saw the 1920s-era building that The Office Group (TOG) had asked them to transform into a new co-working space, they were initially struck by its distinctive features. Upon entering the edifice — called Summit House — near London’s Holborn subway station, however, it was a different story. “It had all been renovated,” recalls designer Charlotte Ackemar, who worked on the refurbishment. “It was basically a white box. It was like its soul was missing.”

The design team looked to revive its former spirit by conceiving a sophisticated take on the Swedish Grace movement, a pre-functionalist style of modernism developed in the Nordic country and akin to art deco. At Summit House,...

In London, Note Design Studio Brings Coworking Back Home

For Summit House, the Swedish firm transforms an expansive heritage building into a unique office space with residential flair.

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