How many office buildings have been affectionately named by the people of their cities?
A defining project of Will Alsop's early career was the Hotel du Department in Marseilles, which houses the regional French government, a train station, hotel, shops and offices. It has been featured in a TV series named after the city, as an identifying landmark and is affectionately known locally as ‘Le Grand Bleu’.
aLL Design occupy a studio of our own making; a building we share with other creative companies. We value environments that engender a sense of community and have transformed our rooftop into a garden and allotment; we are experimenting with hydroponics, have painted the floor orange and created several places to sit and draw, study, contemplate, paint and concentrate. This collaborative environment approach began with TESTBED1, our studio in Battersea, which over time incorporated a bar, a beach and an art gallery.
Palestra, the home of London's transport administration, introduces a high quantum of development to a low-rise quarter of South London. There is a great sense of ‘arrival’ at Palestra and the use of sculptural forms and fearless use of colour both inside and out, have made it a popular work environment for occupants.
aLL Design considers office design features, yet we also look at the ground level and how the building interacts and interfaces with the street and surrounding landscape.