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Squire & Partners has created the design and Oktra has completed the build-out of the Ministry of Sound‘s Coworking offices located in London, England. The Ministry is a new business venture for renowned music and entertainment giant Ministry of Sound; they wanted an exclusive members club and shared workspace where industry professionals could collaborate. Oktra worked with their signature architects, Squire & Partners, to create an entertainment and coworking space for the “next generation of rebel creatives”. Through detail design workshops set over 12 weeks, Oktra collaborated closely with the internal team to create a space that feels ‘premium raw’ in its aesthetic.

To administer quality control to each feature, Oktra created workshop and sampling schedules to provide detailed selections of resources available. It was important to expose the building’s original fabric in order to adhere to the design specification, so Oktra sought to retain the existing materials as much as possible. Plaster and brickwork were preserved in many places with various walls stripped back to reveal the history and rawness of the building.

Together with Ministry of Sound and Squire & Partners, Oktra have created a dynamic collaboration space that pushes the boundaries of a traditional coworking facility. The sound booths, events space, cinema and external and internal bars with a fully catered kitchen will support the complex as an entertainment space, encouraging functions and events within the music industry. From seating to drapery, The Ministry is an entirely unique facility with bespoke touches throughout, contrasting elite and resplendent finishes with the bare industrial feel of the original building.

Designer: Squire & Partners
Contractor: Oktra
Photography: James Jones


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