Visitors to AKTII in the White Collar Factory in East London cannot help but notice the unique, stylish reception desk as they enter the offices. The desk was conceived in partnership with CEMEX and incorporates cutting edge developments in concrete.
“We have recently moved into new offices at the White Collar Factory, a cutting edge office building in terms of its approach to sustainability and modern office design. There is a lot of exposed concrete, polished finished pillars and timber slats in formwork showing exemplar work in traditional concrete construction approaches.
“The reception desk showcases what high performance concrete can do and how fabric formwork can be used in shape generation and high quality exposed finishes- it combines function, innovation in material and fabrication and performance as a traditional desk space. It’s a working area but a stylish working area,” comments Ed Moseley, Design Director AKTII.
“Collaborating with AKT II on this project, gave us the opportunity to push the boundaries of the innovative technologies we have been developing. We were able to present concrete in a new light and explore new fabrication techniques that, when combined together, produced an element in which one would not expect to find such material,” stated Davide Zampini, Head of CEMEX Global R&D.
AKTII is a London-based firm of structural and civil engineering consultants. CEMEX R&D, Innovation and Business Development projects are part of the global R&D collaboration network, headed by CEMEX Research Centers, based in Switzerland.