A Tour of Anomaly’s Sleek New London Office
Anomaly, an advertising agency that works with global clients such as Beats, Diesel, Google, Hershey’s and LEGO, recently hired architecture & interior design firms Barr Gazetas and Morgan Lovell, to build their new offices in London, England.
“At the heart of the office is a broad timber staircase connecting the two floors, exposing the raw edge of the concrete slab and new steel beams. The unfinished edges are a deliberate contrast to the smooth clean lines provided within the landlord’s fit out and tie in with the rough cut finishes of the staircase and balustrade. At the base of the stairs on the 5th floor is an auditorium space comprising of textured bleacher seating clad in scaffold planks. Quiet reading booths are cut into the rear of the bleachers. The staircase is central to the loose clustering of communal and solitary spaces that allow employees to choose the way they work on a daily basis, dependant on mood, task and interaction with each other. The furniture is an eclectic mix of new, repurposed and vintage pieces which are mixed to create a lively and unconventional environment. Neon signs, custom made coffee bars and distressed furniture all mingle in a very promiscuous way. Much of the raised floor has been left exposed as metal surfaces and this idea of “raw and cooked” works for all material choices including Crittal style glazing, timber floor finishes, raw ply linings, scaffold board cladding, raw lacquered steel and metal mesh. The project has an arrivals bar and lounge, a client facing pitch room, open plan office space, lounge spaces known as “edges”, meeting rooms of varying sizes, edit and photography suites, a design studio, an auditorium, a library, telephone booths and lockers.”