25 Charterhouse Square, London
25 Charterhouse Square, near Clerkenwell, is the new London base for global marketing agency Anomaly. The 18,700 sq ft space on the 5th and 6th floors, with 360 degree views over the London skyline, was designed by architectural practice Barr Gazetas, who worked closely with office fit-out contractor Morgan Lovell on the project, with much of the furniture sourced from Andy Thornton Ltd.
The design brief from the Anomaly leadership team was simply that they wanted it to be informal and inspiring, to celebrate casual working and be anything but normal or bland. The space contains 75% informal working areas, which allows all 140 employees to choose the way they work on a daily basis, dependent on mood, task and interaction with others.
The project consists of an arrivals lounge and fully operational bar, a client-facing pitch room, open-plan office space, lounge areas known as “edges”, meeting rooms of varying sizes, edit and photography suites, a design studio, an auditorium, a library and coffee bars.
The furniture is an eclectic mix of new, repurposed and vintage pieces which blend together to create a lively and unconventional environment. Large Draper's units and Hardware store shelf units from Andy Thornton are filled with books and décor pieces, to create a homely feel in the lounge areas.
In the airport-style lounge areas, Andy Thornton supplied a mix of sofas, lounge chairs and coffee tables with panoramic views of the city below.
Andy Thornton Machinist's bar stools in grey-finish steel with patina teak tops have been used along the length of the tiled workstation and in the bar area.
It’s hardly your everyday city centre office fit-out. The office environment plays such an important role in creating and promoting a certain culture, which is why this space had to meet Anomaly’s objective of attracting and retaining employees who challenge the norm.
The space supports the company’s ongoing growth in Europe, while cementing its culture and providing a home for Anomaly’s diverse, entrepreneurial and creative thinkers from all over the world.