In June 2008 Lewis & Hickey Guildford handed over a new office building to iGuzzini Illuminazione which would act as their UK headquarters complex. The building would bring together existing UK operations onto one site, capable of delivering existing operational needs and future strategic growth within the UK.
The office is still fully operational today and the building looks like it was handed over yesterday! The balancing pond and informal gardens have matured. Adolfo Guzzini remarked that the internal finishes are in prestige condition. The clarity of the design has resulted in minimal alterations and continued success as the tenth anniversary of its opening approaches.
The office areas are arranged in an offset ‘U’ shape over three floors around a ‘garden of light’ to maximise natural sunlight into the building. Adjacent to the raised central garden is the feature glass stair and glass lift core allowing natural light into the heart of the building at all levels. An external bridge, at first floor level, connects the office building with the storage and distribution warehouse operations to the South. The extensive glazing also provides dramatic views over the landscaped grounds which are used to display the external lighting products and techniques in context.