Case study: The Hiscox Building
The new underwriting and customer experience centre for global insurer Hiscox sits in the heart of historical York. The building’s design takes its cues from the city’s rich heritage, with a ribbon-like central staircase inspired by the Roman city wall and a brick weave facade that references the area’s 19th-century wool market. The deferential massing creates space between the neighbouring 15th-century pub The Black Swan and allows for a new footpath towards the River Foss.
Inside, the 3-storey glazed atrium houses a 12m decommissioned Soviet rocket – part of the extensive art collection found throughout the building, including the roof terrace. Hiscox intends for these artworks to provoke and inspire.
Meanwhile, the open layout and plentiful breakout spaces are designed to create a strong sense of community and collaboration.
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