BMG UK – London Offices

  • Client BMG,
  • size 17,000 sqft
  • Year 2015
  • Location United Kingdom, London, England,
  • Industry Film / Media / Publishing,
  • Peldon Rose has created a new workplace design for music company BMG UK which is located in London, England.

    BMG UK is a new kind of music company, housing the traditionally separate record company and music publisher functions under one roof and has a philosophy based on three key principles – transparency, fairness and service. The brief stated the new look should reflect these values. BMG UK’s service-orientation meant the office should have a business-like feel, as well as reflecting its music heritage. The workspace needed to truly represent them and the experience they provide for their clients.

    BMG UK has a very collaborative culture, and combined with the core values of transparency and fairness, and Peldon Rose created an open-plan layout with lots of glass. Throughout the office the BMG UK team have ample opportunity to carve their own identity into the space, by creating blank canvases – blackboards, whiteboards, empty spaces – to populate their workspace with their own memorabilia, discs and magazines.

    The reception area is a bold positioning statement featuring exposed brick walls, industrial iron beams, spotlights and a stylish seating area. Behind reception is probably one of the most unusual features Peldon Rose have ever installed into an office; two soundproof acoustic rooms, simulating a recording studio so any of BMG UK’s music artists can play without the fear of having to ‘turn the volume down’. Reinforcing the value of transparency Peldon Rose strategically placed the boardroom in the centre of the office so guests and staff have to walk through the open plan area to reach it.

    The brief also required a stunning multifunctional lounge/café/bar and venue for performers and staff. Through the use of foldable walls, this versatile space can be used as an open plan lunch area, or can be sectioned off, creating an intimate space where artists can perform on the raised stage. Stackable galvanised steel Xavier Pauchard chairs add to flexibility of the space.

    Design: Peldon Rose
    Photography: Matthew Beedle