20 North Audley Street is one of a string of luxury executive serviced offices owned by LEO. Located in a prominent, recently refurbished corner building in a vibrant part of Mayfair, Area was tasked with transforming the first, second and fifth ﬂoors into high-quality ﬂexible workspace, including a roof terrace with fantastic views of the West End. The offices had to appeal to a high-end audience accustomed to sophisticated, top-quality surroundings and facilities. The space had to combine lounge, bar and refreshment areas with meeting and conference rooms in a cohesive design that would impress while providing an oasis of ease and comfort for busy executives with high expectations.
The project drew on our successful design for the LEO office at the Nova South building in Victoria. 20 North Audley Street delivers the same striking contemporary aesthetic but with a more classic, elegant touch. The bar and lounge areas are reminiscent of a five-star hotel, while the varied meeting suites each have their own personality.
The colour scheme of blue, gold and white appeals to more traditional tastes, as do the wood finishes, comfortable chairs and judicious use of carpeting. As a ﬂexible workspace facility the offices are unbranded, but features such as patterned walls, creative joinery, bold abstract art and arresting luminaires add character and visual interest.
The roof terrace provides fresh air, great views and plenty of green planting, conveying the sense of relaxing in a garden. Down below, the reception oﬀers a dramatic welcome, structured around long straight lines and an almost theatrical contrast between light and dark elements.
‘Working with LEO is both pleasant and productive, as they are happy to entrust us with a design that will appeal to their prospective clients. For 20 North Audley Street, we were able to base our scheme on a proven concept, with appropriate adjustments to suit the slightly diﬀerent profile of the target audience.’
- Darren Sansom, Project Director, Area