Olivetti's New Branches
The Olivetti company were producing office machines that were functional, stylish, contemporary and meant to be at home in all situations. They wanted a building system that would help to project a similar kind of image. We responded by devising a flexible system based on a combination of bespoke and standardized elements, taking the courtyard form as a starting point and stretching it to suit the location.
The remarkable light levels inside are ideal for the delicate job of fixing typewriters. Plywood trusses control any glare and block out most of the direct sunlight.
When Olivetti curtailed their UK operations, the buildings were sold off for other uses which included a local computer company and a Chinese restaurant.