Bompas & Parr

Agora Meeting Room

Imagining the future of meetings, where every aspect of a space is designed to stimulate creativity.
Agora Meeting Room

Conceiving the ultimate creative space

London, 2019: Flagship design hotel, Hilton London Bankside partnered with Bompas & Parr to launch The Agora, the world’s best meeting room packed with features specifically designed to stimulate creativity.

The name of the space was inspired by its translation from the Ancient Greek for ‘gathering place’ – the location associated with the centre of artistic and creative life in Athens.

From flooding the room with scented air at the push of a button to specially curated objects designed to increase productivity, mood-improving lighting installations and refreshments designed to recharge physiologically and psychologically, every detail in the space is based on the science and psychology of fruitful human interactions and innovation.

Taking pride of place in the middle of the room is a custom-built table – the Crux of Creativity – featuring inlaid ley lines which point to important sites of creativity around the Bankside community including The Globe, Tate Modern, the British Film Institute and the Royal Festival Hall.

Key features included:

Press for Creativity

Silent moments in brainstorms are no more in The Agora – hit the emergency creativity button and a jet of cool lemon and peppermint oil-scented air is blown to wake the room up and stimulate imagination.

Mine of Inspiration

A sculptural wall with in-built displays for artwork and objects designed to inspire, including plants known to boost productivity and art from local artist Will Yates Johnson.

Elixirs of Revelation

A refreshment station with illuminated shelves and a specially curated tea menu including brain-boosting ingredients such as Bee Pollen (containing amino acids to increase dopamine and serotonin levels), Ginkgo (to increase blood circulation in the brain), Kelp (which contains folic acid to improve memory) and Brahmi (which helps regulate the balance of the mind).

Scattered Ideas

A wall designed for guests to pin creative outputs up using magnetic terrazzo style pieces. The wall can also be used as a whiteboard.

Blue Moods

Activate the Blue Moods light setting on the control panel to initiate a bespoke piece of immersive video art designed to make guests feel more alert and open to creative solutions. Artist Doug Foster's hypnotic creation, featuring hints of Hilton London Bankside and its surrounding architecture, offers five-minute mind breaks and engulfs the room in a blue hue scientifically proven to arouse the brain's sub-cortical area.

Interactive Screen

The latest in interactive screen technology will be available to guests that book the Agora – a 75-inch screen allows seamless, wireless connection and communication with guests' own devices, ending the misery of connection difficulties often experienced in meeting rooms.