On-trend washroom and lobby area at 133 Houndsditch, London
We’ve created an on-trend washroom design featuring a range of different materials and designer finishes to create a unique washroom space for a fully refurbished London office building.
133 Houndsditch provides a full range of serviced office space and meeting rooms in the heart of the City of London. It has recently undergone an extensive and award-winning refurbishment to create an interior design worthy of a high-quality headquarters building, drawing on high specification finishes and materials suited to the sophisticated workspace.
Working together with our in-house joinery division, Cre8 Joinery Solutions, we created new washrooms plus complementary lift lobby areas to create a cohesive look and feel across all of the building’s common areas. What sets this project apart is the mix of different materials including dark wood veneer, concrete and bronze which combine perfectly to create washrooms that are simultaneously on trend and classic.
The long trough shaped and wall-mounted, floating Arpeggio cast concrete vanity units in a traditional dark grey shade, reflect the industrial inspiration of the design, with the addition of black power-coated taps and soap holders provides a contemporary twist. As well as creating an attractive feature for the washrooms, concrete is extremely strong, durable and easy to clean, making it the ideal solution for a busy office washroom.
Setting off the rest of the design, circular bronze mirrors hanging above, completing the unique look in the new washrooms. Tiles set in an attractive herringbone style – in a different take on the popular metro tile trend.
We installed our full height Alto toilet cubicles with doors and partitions which reach from floor to ceiling to offer end users complete privacy. Our Alto toilet cubicles are one of our most popular in the commercial or office market and are designed with an attractive flush front to create a seamless façade. As a range, it’s available in a wide choice of materials and finishes, and here we used a dark oak dyed veneer complete with contrasting anodised bronze edging to add to the rich colour palette specified.
For a high specification washroom project like this, washroom accessories aren’t just the finishing touches but add another element to the whole design. One of the trends we’ve witnessed in recent years is the specification of washroom accessories in a range of different finishes, not just chrome or stainless steel and the new washrooms at 133 Houndsditch are no exception. Here we installed matt black powder-coated wall-mounted taps and soap dispensers as well as ironmongery such as cubicle door handles and locks which were manufactured using anodised bronze. As well as improving the surface’s resistance to corrosion and wear anodising also has the effect of creating a more contemporary matt effect finish. The matt effect of these elements perfectly complements the matt concrete vanities.
Completing the washroom design, we installed our Concerto integrated duct panels to create a smooth surface behind the WCs and urinals which is easy-to-clean and maintain. We manufactured the panels in an anodised metal finish.
Our in-house joinery team worked with us on this project to deliver the bespoke lift lobby panels which were fitted on the diagonal in a nod to the washroom herringbone tiling and were designed to match the new washroom design. The panels were faced in exactly the same dark oak dyed veneer which we’d used in the washrooms to ensure consistency between different areas of the building, creating that all-important high specification feel throughout.
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