WeWork is taking over London’s candy-coloured PoMo landmark One Poultry, with plans to relaunch it as creative office space.
The pink-and-yellow building – designed by architect James Stirling and completed in 1998, five years after his death – is undergoing extensive refurbishment, set for completion in spring 2018.
Architects BuckleyGreyYeoman have added a new reception and underground storage for cyclists, and the revamped building will offer 110,000 sq ft of office space.
WeWork replaces former financial tenants Aviva, who moved out the London property earlier this year. The coworking giant plans to reopen the building’s grand staircase – said to be inspired by the Scala Regia steps of Vatican City – which will become a private entrance for WeWork members.
And although the buildings surrounding Bank station have traditionally been home to financial services, there are signs that more creative businesses are moving into the neighbourhood. Soho House Group and the Sydell Group recently converted the former Midland Bank building into hotel and member’s club, The Ned, transforming its vault into a private lounge and director’s room into a saloon.
‘Bank continues to evolve into a modern version of the city, and we’re excited to be a part of that,’ said Patrick Nelson, WeWork’s head of real estate Europe. ‘We know its fantastic location, access to excellent amenities and postmodern design will appeal to our community of 23,000 members.’
Long considered the ‘Marmite’ style of architecture, Postmodernism is coming back in vogue, with the coworking behemoth joining its new generation of admirers. One Poultry is considered among the movement’s finest examples, and it became England’s youngest listed building last year when it was awarded Grade II*-listed status.
The announcement comes after a busy few months for WeWork, which is launching its first private elementary school inside its Fifth Avenue headquarters, dubbed WeGrow.