The benefits of greenery on creativity, productivity, and wellness have long been proven – yet it’s still rare to find a work environment that feels more jungle than office. Not so at hospitality group edyn’s lush new London HQ, which has been designed with equal emphasis on work and play.
Brought to life by edyn’s in-house Development Studio in collaboration with local design studios Maison August and Atelier Ochre, the 400-square-metre, warehouse-style space features towering birds-of-paradise and fiddle leaf figs that create leafy privacy screens between hot desking workstations, while monstera, Kentia palms, and monkey-face plants define break-out zones and lounges.
“Wellbeing was at the heart of the design brief, and we’re proud to have created a functional yet thoughtful space that promotes mindful work, collaboration, and community,” says Pauline Dellemotte, Creative Director at Atelier Ochre.
The use of greenery, however, goes beyond wellbeing to become a clever architectural device. The plants – alongside furniture from the likes of Carl Hanson and Muuto and characterful vintage finds – are used to divide the sprawling open space into distinct zones.
With a mix of private meeting areas, co-working desks, and lounges, the edyn HQ gives employees the opportunity to embrace flexible ways of working. At night, the workplace completely transforms into a hub for after-hours socialising – think DJ booth, cocktail bar, and disco ball.
“We’re committed to creating environments that inspire our teams to learn, engage and evolve,” says Di Gwinnell, Group People & Culture Director at edyn. “So, it was essential that our office space was not only designed for work, but indulged social engagement, community and creativity.”
In keeping with the ‘green’ theme, sustainability was also a driving factor in the fit-out. Upcycled and recycled materials – including vinyl and textile offcuts from Bolon – complement the natural palette of responsibly sourced timber, stone, and textiles. To ensure the highest standards were met, edyn even worked with climate positive procurement consultancy Dodds & Shute.
“We’ve designed a flexible, vibrant space that cultivates edyn’s lively, dynamic culture,” explains Églantine Sicat, Creative Director, Maison August. “It was a pleasure to work on a project that aims to create a sanctuary for its team, where they can be productive while indulging in shared experiences.”
Images by Edmund Dabney
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