Daniel Paigge: A work in the park


How can the workplace of the future integrate with nature to minimise workplace stress?

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.