Shortlisted for BD Office Architect of the Year
We are delighted to have been nominated for the Building Design Architect of the Year Award 2022, in the Office and Workplace category. A real surprise,...
- Type: Workspace
- Type: Workspace
Charge Cars is a manufacturer of luxury electric cars; currently producing 499 vehicles based on the 67 Mustang Fastback. The fit-out of their Research and Development facility in Stockley Close, West London creates a production factory, research centre, sales, and administrative suite, accommodating all aspects of the new start-up’s commercial brief.
The design approach has required a deep integration with the working practices, and marketing strategies of the organisation. From bespoke entrance lighting to an efficient factory floor, every area has been considered in relation to production ergonomics, branding, worker, and customer experience.
This project refurbishes an existing industrial building in the Stockley Close estate, a single skin metal warehouse on a 2.5 metre blockwork wall around the perimeter, to provide new production and administrative accommodation for a techno/industrial start-up. As there are not too many precedents for bespoke electric car production facilities of this scale, this has required a lot of investigative experimentation, review, and modelling to get right. This is a clean factory space, the black and white aesthetic representing the contemporary simplicity of the construction process, compared to a traditional motor workshop for engine cars.
A first-floor administrative suite provides a clear view of the factory floor through a fully glazed wall, including an open plan office area, with private and incidental meeting spaces. A staff breakout lounge, and large canteen provide opportunities for relaxation and refreshment away from the desk or the factory floor. A completed upgraded and extended WC and washroom area has been designed to a high specification.
The Anamorphic Light is a bespoke feature light for the entrance foyer of Charge’s R&D facility. It was designed by Most Architecture, and made by Esse-Ci Lighting in Italy, to detailed specifications. The system is kinetic, with the four Y-shaped elements of the light in movement, but occasionally coinciding to form the logo of the organisation. For a workplace fit-out project, which combines spaces for design, development, customer journey, prototyping and final assembly, the design of the light borrows from these elements, to offer an object that contains movement and acceleration. The component structure of the light is a reference to its origins in Feynmann diagrams, which describe the behaviour and interaction of subatomic particles. The creation of the anamorphic light was a real collaboration between client, designer, and maker, and the end-result a satisfying conclusion to the project.