• Amnesty International
  • Amnesty International
  • Stage and auditorium (image credit: Charcoalblue)
  • Stage and auditorium (image credit: Amnesty International)

...a focal point for human rights

Amnesty International HQ


Project summary


Amnesty International UK’s headquarters in Shoreditch, East London, were designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects and opened in January 2005. The complete re-working of two furniture factories and a new extension brought Amnesty’s 170 staff together in a single ‘home’.


The building features a 258-seat public hall which is used both as a room for internal staff briefings, as well as a space for the presentation of seminars, previews of Amnesty films, lectures, conferences, workshops, training days, press conferences and similar events.


A simple but flexible lighting and audiovisual system was designed by Charcoalblue in collaboration with Paul Gillieron Acoustics for use in the space, along with a moveable bleacher system, which may be used in conjunction with an acoustic screen to provide a small or large seating capacity for the room.