Norman Foster’s McLaren Technology Centre, one of the most innovative and technologically advanced works of architecture in Europe, is a building that has pushed forward the boundaries of materials, components and plants. It has won a host of awards including the prestigious Building of the Year Award of the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust (2005).
The centre was built using cutting-edge architectural technology: from the elements making up the glazed cladding to the plant system, including an artificial lake to help cool the interior as well as to create the ideal microclimate around the building.
A bespoke furniture system integrating desks and partitions and cleverly combining performance, practicality and personalised work environments. A state-of-the-art open space answering the needs of both user and work environment.
The road to success
600 work stations, 12,000 square metres of partitioning – based on the P500 series – and around 200 storage units were subjected to intense in-depth planning: the intent was to ensure user comfort without neglecting the formal qualities requested by a work of architecture at this level.
Each work station can be personalised by fitting printed glass panels to the pod support structure from which work top, storage units and CPU are suspended. The walls also incorporate ducts for cabling (power, telephone and data transmission) as well as monitor arms.