The Morris Project & DesignLSM: A Focus on Wellbeing and Community

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| August 2021

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Design agency, The Morris Project, which operates in London, New York and Australia, in partnership with DesignLSM has unveiled an inspirational market spanning the entire second floor of the UK’s first wellbeing building. 22 Bishopsgate’s Market is designed to be a vertical village, focused on the modern office worker and their evolving needs. Sustainability, wellbeing and community will be at its heart. Commissioned by AXA IM and Sir Stuart Lipton, The Market is Europe’s first ever wellness food hall. The design team’s aim was to emulate London’s tradition of guilds, of which there were once 90, whose purpose was to provide welfare to their members, and a place to gather and share ideas. After years of decline, urban guilds are experiencing a revival, and the design for 22 Bishopsgate seeks to emulate their objectives: encouraging the development of community while supporting collaboration, well-being and discovery.

Key features include a welcoming area for meetings and gatherings, a bar, relaxed seating and four kiosks offering a variety of nutritious & delicious options. The Market Hub Events Space will support music, talks and private events. Floor-to-ceiling walls give a sense of volume and space. Triple-glazed windows increase the energy efficiency of the building, reduce noise and boost natural daylight by 60%.

Amy Morris, Founder of the Morris Project, said: “Your surroundings have a strong impact on your day. The Morris Project’s partnership with DesignLSM aims to create spaces that invite collaboration and spark ideas. It’s a dream project with a dream team in one of my favourite cities.”

 About The WELL being standard

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is an independent set of standards that make spaces around us healthier, happier, and more productive.

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