Davidson House Passageway Forbury Square Timber Natural Materials Office Reading
Davidson – Passageway Looking out onto Forbury Square
Davidson House - Forbury Square Timber Metal Canopy Reading Office Natural Materials Biophilic Design
Davidson – Forbury Square entrance; after 
Davidson House -Existing Forbury Square Entrance Office Refurb Glass Facade
Davidson – Forbury Square entrance; before 




We acknowledged that the passageway into Davidson was an unappealing route as it lacked visibility and protection from the elements. Through the introduction of timber slats on the soffit and a diffused lighting system along its length we have established a warmer, more welcoming transition through the building. The light-coloured paving which links the two entrances connect the interior and exterior space, helping to connect the building to the public realm whilst lifting the former gloomy atmosphere.

Davidson House Existing Passageway Office Reading
Davidson – Existing Passageway

Davidson House Passageway Timber Natural Materials Soft Lighting Reading Office Building
Davidson – New Passageway














Access is via two entrances from either side of the building, on Forbury Square and Abbey Square. Our metal and timber, double height portal canopies installed within the entrances align with the modern aesthetic of the existing building, built in 2000. They add visual interest to both entry points and provide focus to the passageway beyond, redefining its impact, thus creating a more memorable first impression.

The reception area has been updated with natural timber plinths, wooden flooring and stylish furniture to give the space a unity and function. Soft lighting and warm colours create an inviting, welcoming atmosphere that draw tenants and visitors to the relaxed meeting and co-working areas.




The instalment of new cycle storage, showers, lockers and changing facilities at basement level have all been sustainably designed with the health and wellbeing of the occupiers in mind, whilst simultaneously encouraging the reduction of private vehicles.

The entrance at Abbey Square, once seen as ‘the back’ of the building, has been transformed into an integral part of Davidson with a new façade system, staircase and access to the new bike storage via existing openings in the brickwork plinths. Contemporary signage has been worked into the canopies’ metalwork on both of the timber and metal entrance portals, creating a striking, consistent brand identity to the development.

dn-a’s refresh has propelled Davidson forward to become one of the most sought-after office environments in the highly competitive Thames Valley office market.

Davidson House Reception Office Furniture Timber Yellow Lounge Sofa Natural Materials Warm Interior Design
Davidson – Reception
Davidson House Forbury Square Entrance Night Evening View Timber Metal Canopy Lighting Building Reading Office
Davidson – Forbury Square Entrance at Night
Sketch of Entrance & Reception View out onto Forbury Square