W80 partitions are picked to set up Plexal, one the biggest European innovation and coworking hubs situated in East London: thanks to high-tech construction solutions, this system makes it possible for highly different concerns to cohabit, while accompanying their entrepreneurial growth, transforming spaces in accordance with dimensional and organisational changes.

The Plexal innovation centre and coworking space is part of the Here East campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London’s Hackney district. Situated in the former Olympic Media Centre, which was used during the London Olympics in 2012, it was completely refurbished thanks to a gentrification project by Grimshaw Architects and it is today a state-of-the-art architecture which brings together cultural bodies, institutions and companies from the most diverse sectors, from dancing to digital technology and game design.

The operational spaces are marked out using W80 partitions by Tecno, a top-performance system which can be reconfigured to accommodate companies at various stages of their expansion process, from start-ups to more consolidated businesses, or to create new workspaces. The 8,000 linear metres of glazed partitions – with dark grey aluminium profiles - create transparent clusters in the lower part of the mezzanines and run alongside the main road, granting passers-by a glimpse of what goes on in the offices overlooking the road, creating a sense of brightness and breadth in the lobby and in the communal area too. The partition system also entails two types of different-thickness solid partitions with outstanding soundproofing properties (50db and 55db), used for the more confidential areas or those dedicated to meetings.

Thanks to the reconfiguration possibilities afforded and to its easy set-up and disassembly, W80 offers bespoke solutions based on requirements which may change over time, as well as guaranteeing superior acoustic performance levels which are vital in a place which pools together so many different concerns.



Project by
Grimshaw Architects