The Second Home London office space houses 31 small business in a newly renovated four story office block in East London. Rohan Silva – former technology adviser to David Cameron – and partner Sam Aldenton, paired up with José Selgas and Lucía Cano to restore the building for wider use.
The property features plexiglass, coloured carpets, indoor plants and acrylic in order to create a futuristic workplace suitable for the small businesses it houses. Silva voices the importance of such spaces due to a major growth in the number of small businesses operating in the capital over the last three decades, which has risen from 700,000 to more than 5 million.
Silva and Aldenton’s innovations were met with acceptance by planners, with work starting a month after the designs were passed, and being finished less than 6 months later – in November 2014.
The result is a building housing 31 small businesses in an area that is designed to allow productivity and enjoyment to operate simultaneously. Aldenton, who was in charge of design, reinforced the importance of a well designed environment and the difference it can make in the workplace. Second Home also employs former head Chef of Ottolenghi, Louis Solley, to run the in house restaurant – Jago.
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