Two-and-a-half years later, working from home is still as popular as it was at the start of the pandemic, even with the pangs of missing human connection and working as a team. IA Interior Architects set out to change that by merging the best of both scenarios with the creation of a concept in London called The Harella House. IA’s idea of an office-as-home resulted in a modern workspace that delivers innovation and face-to-face experiences with a focus on balance and well-being, things typically not associated with the office. While The Harella House is designed for productive work days, the overall feel leans towards a familiarity and comfort one generally finds at home.
The Harella House takes over the fourth floor of a 1930’s building that’s earned a BREEAM Excellent rating with its reduction of carbon emissions.
The open office, which includes a house-like meeting room, mezzanine, and terrace, features a wood-clad pitched roof that warms the space. Natural materials are paired with a neutral palette to elevate the feeling of home. Large windows on three sides keep the interior light and bright, and the employees connected to nature.
The Sheds is a meeting room enclosed with glass walls that can easily split into two smaller spaces thanks to a retractable wall.
The overall design is meant to be flexible making it an ideal space for entertaining large gatherings or smaller events, with furnishings designed to be packed away when needed.
Throughout, there are various types of workstations for solo work to collaborations, all thoughtfully dispersed amongst a curated selection of green plants.
The space is divided into zones, each that reference the home, including the Kitchen being the communal dining area; the multipurpose Den which accommodates social gatherings, acts as a game room, and a relaxation space; and the Haven, a smaller spot for meditation, alone time, or for new mothers.
The mezzanine houses the Loft with a lounge space and workstations where one can work on more focused tasks. Another breakout space lives here – the Safe – where colleagues can enjoy a beverage at the end of the day.
Photos by Ed Reeve.