The working world has changed irrevocably in the last decade. Mobile technology today allows people to work from anywhere. The gig economy has taught people the benefits of out-of-office working life and witnessed the rise of the ‘third space’.
But far from seeing the death of the office, these factors have simply forced a recalibration. A place traditionally for focusing on tasks has been transformed into space for interaction with colleagues and an exchange of ideas. The office has become about people, not just about work. The Post Building will be driven by this concept.
The development will provide a human-centric experience. Wellness and quality of life will be a day-to-day experience for occupants of The Post Building. Those who cycle to work in the morning will be able to park their bike in a dedicated space downstairs run by Rapha, where they’ll also find lockers and showers. They’ll take a seat at a desk upstairs in a breathing, bright space; ceiling heights in the 263,000 sq ft of office space stretch up to six metres and windows can be opened. Meetings can be taken outside on the private terraces on every floor.
At lunch, a new public realm will be found downstairs, at the crossroads of five of central London’s most important areas. Some of the city’s most unique cultural destinations are on the doorstep—from the British Museum to Sir John Soane’s Museum—as is an abundance of green space for breaks. Towards the end of the day, discussions can move up to the 7,500 sq ft roof terrace, with its views across London, a gin terrace and herb garden. When it’s time to clock off, The Post Building sits at the cross section – north to south as well as east to west – of some of the most efficient transport connections in the city.
The Post Building will put the person first. Its architect Simon Allford of AHMM included numerous pockets for social interaction and chance meetings. “When you’re in a building, one of the benefits is forgetting email and talking to someone,” he says. “We’re trying to provide the little incidents along the journey where you might encounter someone or simply find a place to pause.”
As the working world evolves, it has never been more essential to cultivate personal contact. For lifestyle, happiness and wellbeing.