Office, Hospitality / London / June 2009 / 1600 sq m

When Hiscox decided to shift some of their trading business from Lloyds to an in-house operation at their London headquarters, they asked NLS to devise a new interior scheme for their trading floor. The concept was so well received that it has subsequently been implemented in several international locations.

One of the key aspects of the brief was to showcase their stunning art collection, so NLS brought the ambience of a contemporary art gallery to a corporate environment. Challenges included integrating special art lighting and concealed picture hanging systems seamlessly throughout the space.

The use of different shades of deep red in carpets, light fittings and furniture are echoed by the slices of rich, glowing resin in the walls, all of which serve to reassert the brand. Delicate, creased fabric cast into the resin also provides an evocative, translucent screen veiling public and private areas.

The 1600 sq. m project was meticulously planned over five stages to keep the office running during the construction. The design includes: reception, meeting rooms, video-conference/board room, tea point, open plan workspace and private offices. A separate art café was also completed on the ground floor of the London headquarters, creating a 4,000 square foot gallery and function space. The red elements are carried through, with grey frames defining the kitchen and seating areas.