Morag Myerscough designs "biophilic" cafe pavilion covered in plants and colourful tiles - architecture and design

Morag Myerscough designs "biophilic" cafe pavilion covered in plants and colourful tiles



British designer Morag Myerscough has created a brightly coloured cafe topped with plants to help improve the wellbeing of office workers in a revamped office building in London's Broadgate.
Studio Myerscough's Atoll installation forms the centrepiece of a newly created public space within 1 Finsbury Avenue Square (1 FA), which was recently refurbished by local architecture firm, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The heritage-listed 1980s building contains a mixture of offices and commercial premises surrounding a central atrium that connects Wilson Street on one side with Finsbury Avenue Square on the other.
Myerscough, who grew up close to Finsbury Park in north London, based the project on the principles of biophilia and the health benefits associated with spending time in nature. "My fascination with how the Victorians made public parks for city workers to get fresh air at weekends inspired me to bring the park to the workplace at 1FA," she explained.

The structure was developed with the help of artist and designer Luke Morgan, and combines Myerscough's signature use of bold colour with references to the architectural heritage of the Broadgate area.
The upper section of the structure containing the plants is shaped like a row of typical terraced houses to reflect the site's residential past. Six neon suns atop the structure are intended to "signify joy and energy".

The lower level housing the cafe is clad in bespoke ceramic tiles that provide a bold c...
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