Kaleidoscope completes in central London, will be the flagship new UK headquarters for social media giant TikTok
March 5, 2021
Kaleidoscope, PLP Architecture’s dynamic new office building in the City of London, has been completed on a high-profile site next to Smithfield Market. The colourful structure will become TikTok’s new UK Headquarters and includes 5,500m² of modern and efficient office space with a WiredScore Platinum rating and outstanding views out over the surrounding historic neighbourhood.
The six-story building has been inspired by the style, proportions, and tones of the rich architecture in the neighbourhood. Finely scaled glass and terracotta facades both draw from and reflect the 19th-century warehouses that frame the Grade II-listed market and help the building integrate into three local Conservation Areas. Terracotta elements feature a sophisticated palette of colours applied to one side of the vertical fins to enable the building to change its appearance depending on vantage point and time of day.
Internal spaces are bathed in natural light and look out over the Market, Charterhouse Square, and other important local structures. At the ground floor, a double-height lobby welcomes occupants to the building and sits alongside the new Farringdon Elizabeth Line Station, which has been holistically integrated into the architecture. Amenity-driven office areas take advantage of a WiredScore Platinum rating, reflective of the inclusion of the very best in digital infrastructure. On the roof, a westerly-facing roof deck provides private outdoor space for company employees.
Kaleidoscope’s unique location at the heart of London’s Culture Mile is positioned to take advantage of the diverse arts and cultural offerings in the local area. Its vibrant spaces offer a flexible and future-proofed workplace for the fast-paced and ever-evolving nature of the booming social media company.
In addition to its technological qualifications, the development has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating in recognition of its sustainable credentials and utilises the Citigen District Network for its heating and cooling. PLP Architecture worked closely with the noted property investment and development company, Helical, to create the building.