NBBJ: staying ahead of the architectural curve

NBBJ is the international architectural practice behind some of the world’s most innovative workplaces, but how does it stay ahead of the curve and what lies in store for the future of building design?

NBBJ-designs-montageThe first thing that hits you when you walk into NBBJ Design’s London headquarters is the Miles Davis.

The jazz has been turned up to such a volume that it fills the entire atrium. And it is only on approaching the main reception desk that is becomes apparent that the security guards sitting behind it are humming along in almost perfect harmony. They stop for as long as it takes to check in a visitor and show them to the lifts before gleefully launching back into their duet as the elevator doors close.

The experience is akin to a musical decompression chamber – erasing all memory of the bustling streets of east London and the roar of Old Street traffic. And if there is a company in the world where this sort of welcome is entirely in keeping with the overarching ethos, it’s NBBJ.

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