Second Home is doubling the size of its unique East London startup space and is building a ‘huge indoor lake’

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Second Home founders Rohan Silva and Sam Aldenton.
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Second Home, a quirky east London office space home to a curated collection of tech companies, investors, and novelists, has confirmed to Business Insider that it is taking over the rest of the building it’s in, doubling the size of the premises in the process.

The two new floors are expected to be even stranger than the current ones, with floor-to-ceiling trees and a vast pond taking up much of the entire top floor.

All of Second Home’s private studios were snapped up before it opened in November 2014 – leaving what the company describes as a “lengthy waiting list.”

But the expansion, due to be finished in early 2016, means that Second Home will once again be able to start accepting new companies.

Second Home has a reputation in London for being the “coolest” startup space in town. Current members include well-known venture capitalist Saul Klein, Kovert Designs founder Kate Unsworth, and Google Ventures partner Tom Hulme.

The space was cofounded by Rohan Silva, the former senior policy advisor to David Cameron who left government in 2013, and entrepreneur Sam Aldenton.


The expansion, which includes 50 new private studios, will take Second Home to over 50,000 sq ft.

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New designs for an expanded Second Home.
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Second Home was cofounded by Rohan Silva, former senior policy advisor to prime minister David Cameron and creator of the government’s Tech City initiative, and Sam Aldenton, cofounder of Feast food festival and founder of the Dalston Roof Park.

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Second Home cofounders Rohan Silva and Sam Aldenton.
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The space just off Brick Lane in East London has been developed in a former carpet factory. The new floors will feature a library, new silent working areas, and an additional events space.

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Render of how the new exterior will look.
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The new floors will feature trees and plants that run from floor-to-ceiling. The trees will be under low-energy full spectrum LED lights and planted in a soil-free hydroponic irrigation system.

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Second Home’s current hanging garden.
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Business Insider understands the top floor will be flooded, and will include a “huge indoor lake.”

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A floorplan for one of the Second Home levels.
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Silva posted this photo of the new Second Home floors on Instagram at the start of October. Second Home is throwing a series of parties and events in the empty space between now and early next year. These include parties with Niklas Zennstrom’s VC fund Atomico, a special event with Vice Media to celebrate their women’s channel Broadly – as well as a “huge” Halloween party at the end of October.

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One of the new floors that Second Home is expanding to.
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Second Home was designed by the Spanish architects Selgas Cano, who also created this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Second Home bought the Pavilion, and it’s taking it to Los Angeles next year to host a pop-up programme of art, music and film screenings.

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Second Home’s 2015 summer party at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
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Many of the people working at Second Home are young entrepreneurs from companies like Bulb, which claims to have the lowest tariffs of any renewable energy company in the UK.

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Bulb cofounders Hayden Wood and Amit Gudka.
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Here is an office that Selgas Cano designed for itself in Madrid.

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Architect’s office in Madrid.
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Recent visitors to Second Home include fashion designer Stella McCartney, singer Annie Lennox, designer Thomas Heatherwick, Sir Richard Branson, author Dave Eggers and the chef Ruth Rogers.

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Stella McCartney with Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed.
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Richard Branson hosted the finals of a Virgin Media startup competition called Pitch to Rich at Second Home in June.

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Sir Richard Branson with Second Home cofounder Rohan Silva.
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