Located close to the junction on Aldgate High Street, One Alie Street is a modern office building in one of London’s most vibrant and artistic neighbourhoods. Design and build specialists, Oktra, led a Cat A refurbishment of the external entrance, reception, WCs, basement showers and first floor, with the objective of creating an iconic space to attract future occupants from the technology sector.
Approached via a newly designed ramped walkway directly from Alie Street, visitors are met with a stunning architectural atrium, which features a double height area and an eye-catching illuminated ‘One’, maximising the identity and prominence of the building.
Along with contemporary furniture, striking copper cladding and a ‘hotel style’ reception desk, the atrium area features various evocative tile finishes, complementing the bold, modern look. Two waiting areas, situated at either side of the reception area, were fitted with 100x600mm plank-shaped tiles, fixed in a staggered bond, with an unusual yet distinctive short overlap.
The designers chose a single shade, but to replicate the mixed colour aesthetic of the existing tiles in the centre of the reception, two alternating finishes were used, creating a subtle tonal and texture variation. In addition, simple 150x150mm gloss black tiles from the Glisten range provide the perfect backdrop for the iconic LED ‘One’, creating a subtle, reflective canvas that only enhances the vibrant, colour-changing installation.
In the updated bathrooms, tiles from the Glisten range were once again the perfect solution for creating a super stylish, timeless design, and were perfectly complemented by the matt finish floor tiles from the Halogen range.
Photography by Oliver Pohlmann