A vibrant symphony of colours amidst oak, rattan, and timber.
Expanding the success of a collaboration between Ben Adams Architects and FORA on Montacute Yards in Shoreditch, the recently unveiled 20 Station Road stands as the flagship addition to FORA’s growing portfolio. Situated near the vibrant railway station to the city’s historic core, the scheme emerges as a canvas perfectly primed to showcase a unique incarnation of the Fora brand tailored to this dynamic urban setting.
Utilising a palette of subdued tones interplayed with vibrant blues, oranges, and yellows, the design draws from Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and historic college courtyards to craft a captivating ambience. Mirroring the liveliness of the River Cam, this workspace fosters interaction and collaboration, while seamlessly blending classical architectural elements with modern office aesthetics. The foliage and textures are reminiscent of the city’s architecture further enriching the workspace.
At the heart of 20 Station Road, a composition of meticulously designed spaces unfolds. The reception area, embodying Cambridge’s Neoclassical and Victorian heritage with bold arches, seamlessly integrates natural elements like light oak, beech timbers, rattan, and cane, harmoniously inviting the outdoors within the space. Splashes of vibrant colour accentuate an atmosphere of repose, collaboration, and progress. Nearby, the meeting rooms, unified by FORA’s signature glazed partitioning, exude sophistication with suspended ceilings draped in textured timber, while soft timber and fabric accents encourage collaboration and relaxation.
Venturing further, the wellness suite offers a serene retreat, enveloped in a palette of fresh, neutral hues. The kitchen, dining, and lounge beneath a signature arch motif embraces views of Cambridge. From colour-blocked banquettes to light timber cabinetry and glazed tiles, each space tells its unique story. “The Spot,” a versatile breakout space marries cane, rattan, light-toned wood, and darker oaks. Rooted in the tradition of the English home, the offices radiate familiarity and warmth with stone and mushroom hues, anchored by Bolon flooring. The facade and structural core of the 7-storey building has been designed by TP Bennett.
In the interplay of these meticulously tailored spaces, 20 Station Road emerges as a testament to FORA’s unwavering approach to skilfully intertwine history, innovation, and utility, providing businesses and individuals a canvas to inscribe their most remarkable narratives.