Located above the eastern entrance to the new Farringdon Elizabeth Line station, Kaleidoscope is an eye catching landmark office building, completed in December 2019.
Now let in its entirety to TikTok as their London headquarters, Kaleidoscope is the perfect example of a well designed, flexible and sustainable office building, designed for a future focused dynamic occupier.
Designed by renowned architects PLP, Kaleidoscope provides 88,580 sq ft of office space over 1st -5th floors accessed via an expansive double height reception and ground floor touchdown space. Taking inspiration from Smithfield Market opposite, as well as the area’s warehouse vernacular, the façade uses coloured terracotta tiles to create a kaleidoscopic, changing perspective both internally and externally.
Internally, the ceilings have exposed beams with a suspended ceiling raft, allowing for an expansive sense of space and height and providing optimal workspace for maximum productivity. At roof level, a generous 4,900 sq ft terrace offers spectacular views across London and provides a rare rooftop oasis for the building’s occupiers.
construction waste recycled
Kaleidoscope has been designed and built to the highest ESG credentials, with the future-focused operator in mind, enabling and promoting sustainability throughout both design and operation. Several impressive targets were met during the construction of the building:
- 100% of construction waste was diverted from landfill
- 100% of construction waste was recycled
- 100% of timber used in the construction of the building was from sustainable sources
- A site specific plastic free initiative resulted in a reduction in single use plastic of 1 tonne
- The site was powered by 100% renewable sources for a 12-month period.
In operation, the building’s performance is similarly impressive. The entirety of the building’s heating and cooling is generated by E.ON Citigen district energy network, which is one of the largest urban heating and cooling tri-generation plants in the UK. Located nearby on Charterhouse Street, this expansive system, comprising a 10.5km network, saves a total of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Connecting to Citigen eliminates the need for Kaleidoscope, and all other connected buildings, to house and operate their own energy centres and manage the associated exhaust. Citigen’s critical mass also means that it is able to invest heavily in the very newest heat and energy generating technologies for the benefit of not only the connected buildings but for the environment as a whole. Read more about Citigen’s progressive technology in the The JJ Mack Building case study.
The comfort and wellbeing of occupiers is more important today than ever and Kaleidoscope is designed to provide optimum comfort throughout the working day.
- Low water consumption taps, showers and WCs are installed within the building. Rainwater attenuation is also in place.
- The heating and chilled water systems operate via a demand driven variable speed pump control to eliminate waste and excess cost.
- A building-wide lighting control system is in place complete with daylight sensing to eliminate unnecessary lighting usage. Lighting throughout the building is via a high efficiency LED system to keep costs and power usage down.
- Floor to ceiling windows throughout the building flood all working spaces with light, ensuring an optimum sense of space for all occupiers
- Kaleidoscope was certified WiredScore Platinum, awarded to only 10% of assessed buildings worldwide. This means the building provides its occupiers with the very best in connectivity, power provision and digital infrastructure. Incorporating superior speed, easy connection options and comprehensive pre-installed digital infrastructure, Kaleidoscope is designed to meet the needs of its tech-focused occupier.