The Heart Building

The Heart Building

LOM architecture and design
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK
Project Year
Edmund Sumner
Product Spec Sheet

Client Tesco
Standing seam metal roof Curtis Moore
Gabion wallingEnviromesh
Curtain walling and external façadeFK Group
JoineryKDM Shopfitting

Product Spec Sheet
by Tesco
Standing seam metal roof
Gabion walling
Curtain walling and external façade

The Heart Building

LOM architecture and design as Architects

The Heart Building is an innovative staff wellbeing and quality assessment centre designed by LOM architecture and design to encourage interaction, collaboration, and creativity at the heart of Tesco’s head office campus.

At the core of the building is a dramatic central atrium offering a flexible, communal, internal ‘street’ area where staff and visitors can network on a daily basis, and which also serves as a space for events and presentations. The project incorporates the Tesco Academy, a facility which hosts learning and training opportunities for staff. An event space occupies the apex of the first floor plan, while at the opposite end of the floor is a new, state-of-the-art gym.

The gentle, curving profile of the new facility and the considered landscaping surrounding it helps to soften the context of existing office buildings on the campus, while providing areas for staff and visitors to sit in a pleasant external environment. The building façade incorporates a series of balcony-like walkways accessed by spiral staircases.

The interior design presents a raw industrial look with exposed concrete structure topped by a timber roof. A restrained palate of building finishes, including galvanised ductwork and plywood joinery, are further complemented by the furniture’s thin black metal detailing, natural tones and flashes of primary colour. This ‘refined industrial’ aesthetic signposts Project Heart as a new kind of collaborative space for Tesco’s employees.

LOM worked closely with Tesco to develop a space that balances corporate communications and the brand with Tesco’s aspiration for an open, creative and inspiring environment. The timber and concrete of the building are complemented with the balanced use of colour in furniture, fittings and acoustic materials, and in the application of bold graphics.

The building form has soft, welcoming lines and natural stone and timber materials as core components. The glulam timber roof structure forms an attractive, flexible, clear-span space internally. To complement the large areas of external glazing, Rodeca polycarbonate panels have been used to create a translucent façade. This allows natural light to enter through the walls during the daytime and artificial light to pass out through during the evening when the building appears to ‘glow’ from within from light animated by the movement of people inside.

Material Used :

1. Timber Roof Structure – Wiehag GmbH
2. Curtain walling and external façade – FK Group 
3. ETFE Roof – Vector Foiltec Ltd 
4. Joinery – KDM Shopfitting Ltd 
5. Standing seam metal roof – Curtis Moore 
6. Metalwork – C&N Fabrications Ltd
7. Gabion walling – Enviromesh
8. Catering equipment and joinery – ScoMac Catering Equipment Ltd
9. Vinyl flooring – Karndean Designflooring
10. Carpets – Interface
11. Furniture – Tsunami Axis Ltd

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