The Thameside building that was once home to the UK’s secret service is now a tech-focused coworking space, decked out in shades of mint and teal.
Dubbed Public Hall, the Huckletree workspace retains plenty of grand elements from its 135-year history including elaborate plaster mouldings and decorated window surrounds. The Grade II-listed space has been given a new look by design studio Sella Concept, who focused on using colour and furniture to update the building.
The practice’s choice of furniture is eclectic, with cane chairs and a rattan-panelled reception desk rubbing shoulders with velvet benches, glossy black tables, and the odd palm tree. ‘We added a contemporary layer that merges both worlds with a discreet elegance that can make you feel calm, at home and inspired to create,’ says Sella Concept co-founder Tatjana von Stein.
Public Hall is dedicated to public sector tech startups, with the hope that it brings them together with policymakers in Westminster to transform public services. The coworking space can accommodate 250 people and includes meeting rooms, a library and a bar.