Channel 4 have been housed in the same headquarters in London, designed by Richard Rogers, since the early 90s; although the exterior of the building looks good, the interior has just undergone a much needed face-lift.
The Richard Rogers-designed building that is home to Channel 4 has an impressive, concave glass facade with exterior lifts housed in brushed steel and whilst this still looks great, Channel 4 felt the interior layout no longer reflected the way the channel works. On a more practical level, space had become a pressing issue with 50% more staff working in the building since it was built in 1994.
Channel 4 wanted a new interior to reflect it’s vibrant image; engaging architects ID:SR, the team behind the stunning interior of the BBC’s new northern headquarters at MediaCityUK in Salford, was the first step in the transformation process.
The Channel 4 building has an underground floor, incorporating a redundant studio, so ID:SR decided to open up this space to allow natural light to flood in with the addition of new windows. The design team also redesigned open-plan work areas in the main building, creating a row of ‘meeting pods’ to run along the length of each floor, with desks arranged around the outside. Each pod is made up of individual rooms but have been cleverly designed with removable walls so each room can be opened up.
Channel 4 asked the design team to come up with different themes for each room, however the design brief proved a challenge as Channel 4 wanted the meeting rooms to ‘represent Channel 4 but not say Channel 4.’ ID:SR met the brief by giving each room a theme to reflect Channel 4′s programming; for example ‘innovation,’ ‘serious fun’ and ‘gritty.’
Judging by the images we’ve seen of the new interior it looks as though this redesign has well and truly given the building a new lease of life with some intriguing design ideas we could be keen to try out in the future!
Posted November 21, 2012