Common ground: Lounge spaces to meet, work and unwind

Our thoughtfully designed lounges lend themselves to relaxed and collaborative work

When so much of our days can be spent flitting between our personal desks and meeting rooms, it’s always been a perk to have access to relaxed spaces in the office where work can be done in a less formal, more collaborative context. And, as so many of us have now spent a considerable amount of time working solo and socially distancing, generous collaborative spaces in offices can offer a welcome place to reconnect with colleagues as we start to return to the workplace.

Research says the same, with reports from the BBC and McKinsey emphasising the changing role of the office in fostering “teamwork, creativity and sense of connection lost during the pandemic”.

At TOG, our lounges are designed with this in mind; for members to connect with clients or colleagues, take casual meetings and find a moments of calm in a hectic workday. Below are a few of our favourites, some of which may have slipped under your radar. We hope these spaces inspire you to try somewhere new.

Thomas House

Victoria & Vauxhall

Although the facade of our Thomas House Work Space is modelled after the impressive Georgian mansions seen in Victoria’s Eccleston Square, its interiors feature all the amenities necessary for modern ways of working. The lounge area alone has a café, expansive wooden islands that double-up as desks, and an array of comfy armchairs and sofas.

Liberty House

West End

The interiors of our Liberty House Work Space have been designed by architecture studio SODA to reflect all the flair and charm of iconic department store Liberty, which sits directly next door. A medley of colour-block walls, jewel tone furnishings and terrazzo-inlaid surfaces can be seen in the lounge, forming a vibrant yet comfortable space that’s particularly well suited to our creative members.

Albert House

City & Shoreditch

Pendant lights, gleaming copper fixtures and red upholstered furnishings give the lounge inside Albert House the buzzing ambience of a speakeasy – it even includes a café bar where members can grab drinks throughout the day. If you’ve got time to spare at lunch, you can also kick back and watch a film in the lounge’s in-built deckchair cinema.

Green Park House

West End

Our Green Park House Work Space was originally built in 1895 as a private residence for high society members of the Arts and Crafts movement. It should come as no surprise, then, that the building’s lounge has a cosy, domestic feel. As well as a comfy sitting area, there is also a kitchen for coffee breaks, and a library filled with reading materials that you can flick through when in need of inspiration.

Orion House

Midtown and West End

The second-floor lounge inside our Orion House Work Space opens onto a sweeping outdoor terrace that’s filled with lush greenery and oxygenating plants. Directly overlooking the bustling streets of the West End’s theatre district, the terrace acts as a calming escape where members can enjoy sunny lunches or meetings with colleagues.

The Stanley Building

King’s Cross

There’s space for focused work, friendly catch-ups and anything in between in the lounge of The Stanley Building, where Studio Downie Architects and Studio Mackereth have created a diverse variety of seating areas. The room’s concrete floors and black metal-clad walls subtly wink at the industrial history of the building, which once served as living quarters for Victorian-era railway workers.

United House

West

Decorated with books, artful ornaments and potted plants, the lounge within our United House Work Space is meant to look as inviting as the brightly hued residences that line the quaint mews of Notting Hill. The room’s open-plan layout helps members easily work alongside clients or colleagues but, if you need quiet time to complete solo tasks, you can find plenty of break-out space in quiet corners, too.

Wimpole Street

West End
 

If you’re looking for respite from the concrete jungle of central London, head to the light-filled lounge of our Wimpole Street Work Space, which is arranged around an impressive glass atrium. On fair-weather days you also have the option of working alfresco on the adjoining outdoor courtyard, which is bordered by tropical foliage.

You can find out more about TOGs Work Spaces across London, Bristol, Leeds and in Germany by emailing the Spaces team at [email protected]

Natasha Levy is a London-based writer who covers interior design and architecture. Her work has been featured in titles such as Dezeen and Wallpaper*.