The project for the new European headquarters of Unilever involved equipping a 1930s building overlooking Blackfriars Bridge with 21st-century services and facilities while preserving the original façade and Art Deco interior decorations.
The original building housed Unilever’s first historic headquarters. The refurbishment project won a series of awards including the
MIPIM Awards 2008 for Refurbished Office Buildings and the AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture 2008. The signature feature is the huge central atrium overlooked by the interior spaces.
The transparent wall
The use of walls from the P700 series in the executive offices echo the interior’s overall style, especially that of the large glazed central atrium while maximising natural light penetration and acoustic privacy.
The media wall
Screens, panels, films and silkscreened designs decorate and complete the glazed panels. Mainly functional in purpose they alternate in the wall modules using different colours and materials to create a rich dynamic environment.
The interactive wall
Monitors fixed to the P700 door uprights – the only uprights in this particular partition system – can be used to book meeting rooms. Data transmission and power cables run through the upright which acts as a service duct for the entire wall.