12 Jun 2024
Architect's Journal: Basha-Franklin transforms three floors of Nouvel’s One New Change

Three floors of the City of London development have been turned into workspace for office brand Myo, creating a mix of environments.

The 52,000m2 One New Change is an office and retail development in the City of London, opposite St Paul’s and the area’s only large shopping centre. The £500 million scheme, by French architect Jean Nouvel, was built in 2010.

Basha-Franklin has transformed three of its floors into workspace for Landsec's office brand Myo. The design embraces what the practice describes as ‘hotelisation’ to challenge current ideas of what workspace should be – with building occupants seen as valued guests.

The new interventions all sit within the existing fabric, creating a mix of environments and amenities for informal and flexible working.

The key move was a new sculptural stair ascending through the deepest part of the floorplate, linking all three levels.

A wall with anodised windows spans the three floors, made from the 90 per cent recycled stone product Cemento. This wall uses non-toxic binders to create a flexible surface.

Each floor has a different colour palette to create defined zones. Feature walls use Buxkin, a recycled leather from offcuts from the Italian shoe industry.

In addition to various workspace zones, there is a multifunctional event area for up to 100 guests, available for private hire.

The design weaves colour and texture with sustainable materials to create contrasting textures. Emphasis is on natural light and ventilation, along with greenery to meet WELL Platinum certification.

The space that Myo selected at One New Change had the challenge of a deep floor plate. To overcome this, we transformed the space by carving up the continuous floor plates, opening up all three levels with a sculptural staircase that was inspired by the geometry of the exterior architecture.

It is enhanced by a sophisticated lighting feature that closely emulates a natural lightwell from the fourth all the way down to the second floor, which creates an almost cathedral-like effect.

Nicola Osborn
Creative Director, Basha-Franklin
Floor Plan: 2nd Floor
Floor Plan: 2nd Floor

Basha-Franklin’s evidence-based and flexibility-focused approach to workplace design has resulted in a bold yet elegantly curated space that pays close attention to high-quality materials, texture, colour and architectural form.

Myo St Paul’s instantly transports people from the hustle of London into an immersive space conducive to a next-generation workforce, putting their needs and wellbeing at the centre of this dynamic design.

Natasha Morris
Director of Flex Offices, Head of Myo, Landsec
PublicationArchitect's Journal
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