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View: Grid List
Date
1972
Region
UK
Sector
Workplace
Budget
< £1m
Themes
Creativity
Client
Olivetti
Location
Belfast, Derby, Dundee, Carlisle
Size
90sqm
Team
Stern & Woodford, S Jampel & Partners, Max Fordham LLP, John Laing Construction, Miller Construction, Ford & Weston, Bett Bros
Awards
Financial Times Industrial Architecture Award Finalist (1973)
Press
RIBA Journal (2015) RIBA Journal (2012)

Four new branch offices for Olivetti, located in out-of-town industrial estates in Belfast, Carlisle, Derby and Dundee. 

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.

The Carlisle Olivetti during its use as a Chinese Restaurant

Creativity

A series of repeated office modules were arranged on top of a ground floor made of concrete, cast in situ. A flat roofed zone of circulation is separated from the individual offices by a modular kit of plywood storage units. 

The 45 degree pitched roof was created using a prefabricated system of plywood trusses, supported on the courtyard side by a light steel frame and on the outside by a series of timber fins. 

A new Olivetti branch under construction