The building itself was named after L.S.Lowry, the famous artist renowned for his depictions of life and urban landscapes in the industrial north of the mid-20th Century. The concept behind the Bloc brief was to consider the cityscape of today and celebrate cosmopolitan life in the city: the creativity, energy, colour and vibrancy of working and living in the city centre.
Inspiration was drawn from city life in Manchester, local street art and nearby green spaces, to design what would become an ‘urban oasis’. In terms of the interior, the client’s brief was to connect the tower and the adjoining annex to link the two buildings, as well as fully refurbish the ground floor, basement and upper floors of the annex.
The ground and basement floors would become a hub for community events and collaboration, with provision for an independent cafe operator. The basement needed offer wellbeing facilities spanning a yoga studio, collective studio and cinema room. The annex would offer meeting and co-working spaces with high-function serviced office provision.
We were able to fulfill the furniture specifications for the space, procuring and delivering the desired products to meet the full spectrum of contemporary requirements. We were also able to step outside the original specifications to put forward additional products to suit the space, including stylish outdoor coffee tables which complimented the biophilic surroundings perfectly.
Bloc’s new furniture portfolio includes everything from classic cafe furniture, a tiered presentation space and desk banks to soft sofas, beanbags and a sleep pod. Seat pads also optimised the space by creating additional seating around the basement kitchen.