Note Design Studio includes recharge room in London co-working space-
Summit House by Note Design Studio

Note Design Studio includes recharge room in central London co-working space for TOG

Note Design Studio has fashioned warm and tactile interiors for central London co-working space Summit House, which includes a room where stressed workers can recharge.

Summit House by Note Design Studio

Summit House is located in a garden square set back from the traffic of Holborn and accommodates a series of workspaces, meeting rooms and private offices run by co-working company (TOG).

Erected in 1915, the building features a distinctive yellow-tile facade and heavy wooden front door. It had previously been used as a nondescript office with uninspiring interiors.

Summit House by Note Design Studio

Stockholm-based – who were charged with developing the interiors – were keen to nod to these original details, instead of the bland minimalist aesthetic that has become typical of workspaces.

The studio looked to Swedish Grace – a 1920s arts movement characterised by its focus on ornate craftsmanship and use of folk-inspired motifs, that was popular in Sweden and arose at the same time as art deco.

Summit House by Note Design Studio

"The building has a certain elegance to it which we really wanted to preserve and enhance through our concept for the interior," explained Johannes Carlström, co-founder of the studio.

"It's possibly one of the most beautiful buildings from the outside in the Holborn area, so our challenge was to land on a design that would fit with that starting point and allow us to create a building that stands out from other spaces in the area," added TOG's co-founder, Charlie Green.

Summit House by Note Design Studio

Upon entering the building, guests now walk through a rust-coloured lobby.

Its focal point is a tiered wall that recedes to frame a service counter made from Birdseye maple wood – a type of timber with swirling, eye-like markings that interrupt the usual grain pattern.

Cream, burnt orange, and dark brown terrazzo tiles are arranged in a geometric pattern on the floor.

Summit House by Note Design Studio

Similarly warm hues have been applied throughout the rest of the shared office. The main, open-plan work area boasts an olive-green velvet rug, while armchairs and sofas are upholstered in mushroom-coloured boucle or umber felt.

A long, communal work table in an adjoining room is fitted with a planter, allowing tropical foliage to sprout up from its centre. Breakout areas have been completed with sage green surfaces.

An almost-black kitchen, for preparing simple meals and drinks during the working day, is anchored by a shiny steel breakfast island.

Summit House by Note Design Studio

This is also the first TOG co-working branch to boast a recharge room that's meant to "encourage moments of mindfulness" amongst guests.

Situated on the second floor, the space has oatmeal-coloured walls, a soothing light installation and a couple of Note Design Studio's Arkad seating poufs that are based on the form of architectural arches.

Summit House by Note Design Studio

Blush-pink corridors with ring-shaped lights by Lee Broom lead to the building's upper levels, where there are more closed-off offices intended for use of small businesses.

Summit House by Note Design Studio

Summit House adds to the roster of co-working spaces that TOG has dotted across London in locations such as Kings Cross, Soho and Covent Garden. Last year the company opened a branch in Victoria, which architecture studio Soda designed in subtle reference to Regency-era residences.

Earlier this month BestDealStore2Buy also interviewed TOG's head of interior design, Els Van Hoorebeeck, who discussed how the company uses an "intuitive" creative process.

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Project credits:

External works architect: SMOK
Interior architect/designer: Note Design Studio
Project manager: The Office Group

Cost consultant: Castle Hayes Pursey
Structural engineer: Heyne Tillett Steel

MEP engineer: Environmental Engineering Partnership
Planning consultant: Dp9
Contractor: Faith Dean