The latest venture from global entertainment brand Ministry of Sound, The Ministry is a unique combination of a private members club and collaborative workspace.
The Ministry opened in London in July 2018 and was designed by award-winning architects Squire & Partners. Located in a vast Victorian warehouse on Southwark’s Borough Road, the venue is the new home for a carefully selected community of creative companies and professionals working in music, culture, media and technology.
Standout features include a seventy-foot bar spanning the entire ground floor – serving tea, coffee, juices & smoothies by day and wine, beer and cocktails by night. Other unique facilities include a full table service restaurant, immersive technology studio, a 36-seater cinema, sound proof production suites and serviced meeting rooms where you can order lunch at the push of a button. The Ministry will also boast a large events space and year-round outdoor courtyard serving coffee and drinks to members and their guests.
The design of The Ministry, developed by Squire & Partners, stays true to the Ministry of Sound brand with bold, raw elements contrasting with a layer of premium finish. Beyond a discreet reception area, the entire ground floor area is utilised as a generous social space with areas for eating and drinking. Privacy is afforded by a series of circular curtained booths, and apartment-style meeting and drinking rooms.
The feature bar, made out of concrete and copper piping, leads out to an urban garden courtyard with an outdoor bar and a fire pit. Both the bar and the social spaces have been designed with flexibility in mind, so they easily change from morning to night. The walls are adorned with bold contemporary artwork that has been curated in consultation with Christopher Shake and Charlie Smedley.
Moving through the building, The Ministry workspaces are located between the first and fourth floor. The spaces enjoy generous natural light and are suitable to a variety of organisations, from individuals to SME’s and established companies. Desking is combined with areas of open and closed workspaces, rooms for meeting and informal dining, and comfortable breakout areas. A series of oversized rugs feature bespoke patterns created by Squire & Partners based on original motifs within the building, and south London design duo Eley Kishimoto who took inspiration from music, energy and the heritage of The Ministry of Sound. A series of quirky phone booths have been created for times when total privacy is required.
Circulation spaces between the floors reveal original terrazzo stairs in hues of pale green and pink, and exposed concrete and steel structure.
Tim Gledstone, Partner at Squire & Partners, said:
”Squire and Partners and Ministry of Sound share a desire to take risks and be creatively rebellious. Our collaboration has resulted in a concept which engages all the senses, and is designed to adapt and change throughout the day and week, as well as seasonally. We’re excited to see the innovations which are generated by this dynamic environment and its inhabitants.”
Speaking prior to The Ministry opening, Lohan Presencer, Chairman of Ministry of Sound, commented:
“Twenty-five years ago we launched our club in what was then a pretty forgotten part of London. The Ministry opens in July, fifteen minutes on the Tube to practically anywhere in London, in one of the most vibrant areas of the UK. How times have changed.
“The people we grew up with are now the founders and CEOs of start-ups and established businesses. The Ministry is for these people, for independent creatives who light the sparks that become cultural wildfires.
“The Ministry will be a stark contrast to the generic glass box offices, bored receptionists, bad coffee and gratuitous beer taps which have become synonymous with bland co-working spaces around the world. With a full-service restaurant, bars, outdoor terrace, a cinema, a vibrant events space, meeting suites and private dining rooms, soundproof studios and an immersive technology suite, we couldn’t be further from the rest of the pack.
“But, like our club, it doesn’t work if we open the doors to everyone. The Ministry is by creatives for creatives – music companies, film and TV producers, marketing agencies, PR companies, creative technology start-ups, fashion designers and the arts.”
To find out more about The Ministry, please visit www.theministry.com.