Projects / X+Why Foundry
Bringing their entrepreneurial hub to the midlands, x+why opened their latest space, ‘Foundry’ in Birmingham. A vibrant mix of social, collaboration and meeting spaces, it’s an enviable workspace for purpose-led start-ups and small business.
Situated around a central atrium and covering three floors, wellness and inclusivity are central to the interior design by John Robertson Architects.
Return to Nature
Planting infuses the space with life and complements the earthy tones and natural materials. The ‘return to nature’ design is unique to the Foundry yet reinforces the x+why branding, recognisable throughout their spaces.
Sensory zones have been created to provide variety and a choice of spaces for high or low stimulation. From open plan social spaces, and more traditional desking, to quiet pods, private tech-free spaces, and a multitude of meeting rooms.
Sustainable Furniture Procurement
Working toward the coveted SKA gold rating for sustainable design, x+why aim to reduce their environmental impact with their fit outs. Careful consideration was given to furniture procured to align with their goals and a significant amount of refurbished furniture was obtained from the second-hand market.
Refurbished Task Chairs
Over 500 Giroflex G64 task chairs were reconditioned and repaired for use in the space. With user manuals no longer available, our ergonomic division, Bureaunomics were enlisted to create a custom user video. Simplifying workstation set-up, every user can easily access information even if only hot desking for the day.
Classic Pre-loved Furniture
Refurbished, second hand solutions were also procured for public areas including the Mission Room. The much-coveted Knoll Wassily lounge chairs in the social space add a touch of eye-catching classic design.
Sourcing for Quick Turnaround
Up against a tight deadline for launch, a quick turnaround was crucial to the success of this project. Solutions were procured on the additional and important criteria of short lead times to avoid delay.
Photography Matt Livey
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