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London-based design and build company Oktra transformed a Victorian building at King’s Cross Station into a remarkable uber-modern workspace for 300 people. The brief was to create a forwarding-thinking collaborative workplace without affecting the original architecture of the building. The Oktra team inserted contemporary design using intriguing landscapes and modern shapes into the industrial period building. The space includes 300 fixed workstations, open-plan desking and several meeting pods over an expansive café area. Biophilia is used throughout to create a relaxing natural environment and bring a sense of the outdoors in. The space allows NewDay employees to choose how, when and where they work by offering a range of work settings. Each area is designed for a different type of task. The project’s most remarkable feature is a floating 60-metre-long mezzanine suspended over an acoustic floor – leaving a striking impression on everyone who enters the space.