Union VFX Offices – London

  • Client Union VFX,
  • size 8,000 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Location United Kingdom, London, England,
  • Industry Film / Media / Publishing,
  • Dthree Studio completed the office design for Union Visual Effects, a film production company located in London, England.

    Dthree Studio collaborated closely with the team at Union VFX to create an engaging, unique and bespoke workspace in their new Soho home. It was important that the design held true with the team’s culture of originality, innovation and collaboration. The space consists of a combined Reception and Breakout area, 2 Screening rooms, Meeting Spaces, Workstations, Editorial and Review Booths, and Private Offices.

    Within the communal areas there was an emphasis on variety and choice, however in contrast the working spaces require a specific environment. The visual effects team require darkness, quiet and focus. The basement level of Rathbone Place worked beautifully for this, the small amount of natural light enables the new connecting staircase to be softly lit, with the addition of focused spotlights navigating circulation routes and collaboration spaces, all designed to sit adjacent to, but not impede on, the workspace itself. In a contrast to the basement level, the ground floor needed to provide a higher sense of energy, to be welcoming to both staff and clients and to provide a street level sense of presence and identity to the outside world.

    Despite a contrast in requirements when it came to use of space, UVFX wanted a cohesive aesthetic between the floors subconsciously connecting everyone within the team. The design inspiration largely came from the building itself, strong features such as exposed brickwork, steel crossbars and exposed ceilings allowed us to create a core material palette of industrial mesh light fittings, galvanised mechanical systems, unfinished and unpolished steel crittall partitioning and an unpolished pewter staircase. Complimenting features such as timber flooring within the breakout areas, trainspotter light fittings, brass handrails, textured upholstery throughout the Screening Room bleacher and a bespoke rich blue Breakout all aid in the elevation of the core palette adding warmth and personality to the space.

    The space has allowed Union VFX an increased amount of collaboration and unity within the teams, by providing multiple areas for people to work, collaborate and socialise together.

    DesignerDthree Studio
    Photography: Tom Fallon