London Business School, The Sammy Ofer Centre, NW1 London , UK
ID:SR worked alongside Sheppard Robson on the fit-out for the transformation of the iconic Old Marylebone Town Hall into a major new facility for the London Business School, which includes the refurbishment of Old Marylebone Town Hall’s Council House and Annexe buildings.
Whilst the majority of the building is dedicated to education – with the facility including six lecture theatres, 32 seminar spaces, a library, offices and a student lounge – the project also needed to accommodate civic and political uses. The furniture package for the educational spaces had to cater for a range of working environments, from the formal spaces of the library to the more relaxed workplace settings in the student hub.
There is extensive use of timber panelling throughout both buildings, generally identifying the grand rooms of high civic significance, which were also the rooms of high heritage value in the building listing. The style and detail of the timber panelling reflects the different periods of the two buildings: the walnut panelling in the Edwardian Council House displays the decorative order of the period, whilst the more modern oak cladding of the Annexe building has cleaner lines with less ornamental detail.
- 12,000 m2