Ben Adams Architects have designed a new office for Monotype in London’s Shoreditch using decorative details to reflect the creativity of the company. The global typeface business known for producing Gill Sans and Times New Roman – and distributing modern fonts such as Helvetica and Frutiger – needed a bigger office to fit its expanding workforce and to suit its collaborative style of working.
'We needed a flexible working environment,' says Monotype creative director James Fooks-Bale, 'A scalable space to allow for a growth in head-count and, more importantly, a space for different working environments: open-plan in places, but with defined quiet space and areas to spread out and collaborate.'
Designed to fit 32 workstations, the new 330 sq m space is versatile and adaptable. Bespoke plywood joinery divides the work space from the meeting spaces, which could in the future fit additional workstations. Designated meeting rooms with glass walls are named after the great type design fathers including Beatrice Warde, Stanley Morison, John Dreyfus, Walter Tracy and Tolbert Lanston and provide further space for collaborative working.
A large 'M' greets employees and visitors at the entrance
Looking to tell a story of a company who have fused creativity and art with technology, the architects collaborated with SEA Design to create an environment that would inspire employees, collaborators and clients.
A birch plywood tunnel laser etched with 1500 Monotype ‘M’ logos set in 750 different typefaces from the archive leads into the office where pendant lighting hangs over timber furniture from Wellworking and bespoke shelving has been designed to fit the classic Monotype archive boxes.