The Royal Docks, London Borough of Newham
A workspace for equipping an emergent workforce with the skills to tackle the unprecedented social, environmental and economic issues humanity currently faces.
Work/Park seeks to challenge the sterile, mechanically controlled and unstimulating environments of the conventional urban office development.
Proposing a New World of Work, the project is set within an urban forest where every workspace has plentiful fresh air, natural daylight and space. The forest is cross programmed to be a destination for leisure, fitness and recreation, and links existing parks to the north of the Royal Docks down to the Thames, unlocking the riverfront with a new public park. The interventions on site are a mixture of thermally enclosed buildings, wintergarden spaces, glass planes and timber columns, set within a richly planted landscape of trees.
Work/Park embodies a paradigm shift for monofunctional office development – an exemplar workspace where serendipitous encounters, recreation and cultural vitality are as equally prioritised as productivity.