Hachette UK Headquarters
The new headquarters office of UK publisher
Drawing inspiration from the design of
complete with flower beds, seating and
Hachette brings together its corporate group
a classic family home, the workplace
grass areas offering sweeping views of the
and seven independent, often competing,
incorporates a blend of communal and
London skyline. The café acts as a gathering
publishing divisions into a single building.
personalized spaces. Each publishing division
area to foster collaboration and encourage
Hachette relocated these brands from five
is viewed as a family member and equipped
interaction among employees.
separate locations in and around London’s
with a reception-like arrival area offering an
immediate, customized brand experience
As the former office of Associated
that can be seen on each of the floors from
Newspapers, the Carmelite House building
Carmelite House offered a statement building
the central atrium. Shared spaces include
has a Grade II-listed brick facade dating
with large, efficient floor plates surrounding a
kitchens, non-dedicated meeting spaces and
back to the late 1890s and is recognized
central atrium, expansion space, easy access
as an early surviving example of newspaper
to the city, convenient travel connections and stunning views of the River Thames.
architecture along Fleet Street. The design The fully open-plan office space encourages
retains an iron staircase, elevator and several
company-wide collaboration and
wall paintings as examples of decorative
The six-story, open work environment
communication, removing all private offices
enables each division to maintain its own
and eliminating physical barriers between
identity within Hachette’s overall brand while
colleagues. The flexible work environment
Design interventions included replacing the
promoting company-wide collaboration and a
offers many activity-based areas for
ceilings in the reception area and sixth-floor
sense of community.
individual and group work. Non-assigned
café, installing a more efficient cooling system
hot desks distributed throughout the office
in the café, adding a freight elevator and
To begin the design process, a menu of generic
provide temporary workspaces for visitors
repurposing the original vaults and printing
finishes, lighting, furniture and audiovisual
and staff from other floors.
press room into storage space.
facilities was presented to each publishing
◄ central atrium
division. After items had been selected, the
A pavilion café on the sixth floor takes
design team researched each division’s brand
advantage of the building’s outdoor space,
and worked with the group to develop specific
extending through large glass doors to a
design solutions tailored to their needs.
7,600-sq.-ft. landscaped rooftop terrace,
2016 design annual
100,000 sq. ft. / 9,290 sq. m.
HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.