Office building foyers don’t have to be cold and characterless waiting areas: far better to make them warm, comfortable, inviting and interesting – and give a better first impression of the firms in residence.
The owners of 105 Wigmore Street chose to pay special attention to their double-height foyer, and – after an extensive refurbishment – they appointed us to light up the space in a way that complemented the interior architecture.
The interior designers had created some unique and interesting displays for the area, so we focused on making them stand out and become real conversation-starters through architectural lighting design. To show off the 3D feature wall, we integrated downlighting and uplighting – which had the effect of making the shapes on the wall “pop” even more conspicuously. Another wall was clothed in a stunning copper mesh, so we illuminated it with linear cove lighting to draw attention to its texture.
When it came to the atmosphere of the space itself, we wanted to make it feel welcoming as well as impressive, so we installed large circular pendant lights to visually lower the height of the space over the waiting area. Linear cove lighting was also used throughout the foyer to provide soft, ambient illumination.
Photography: James French
— Daniel Blaker