30 St Mary Axe


30 St Mary Axe

Our client moved into the iconic ‘Gherkin’ in 2004. With substantial developments in business and technology over the years, it became clear they could maximise productivity and space by moving to Activity Based Working (ABW). 


The brief

We were asked to develop agile workspaces with a desk-sharing ratio of 1.2 people per desk — for a maximum building occupation of 75% — while translating the Gherkin's unique floor plates into a design befitting this special building.



The solution 

We addressed key cultural and acoustic issues by designing a central collaboration zone incorporating meeting spaces, A/V facilities and a tea point to help staff feel motivated and valued. We tailored our design to meet a fast construction period. 


The details

We repurposed many durable elements from the original fit-out in order to reduce costs, and focused our spending on top-quality items where they were most valued.