Vevo has chosen a historic building in London's Kings Cross area for its new European headquarters. The video streaming platform has signed a lease to occupy 16,292 sq ft at the "Lighthouse" building, built in 1884 and known for its unusual architecture and lighthouse-like tower.
The company's new offices will span four floors and include a performance space, an editing suite, a cafe and a rooftop terrace. The building is currently undergoing a design overhaul and should be ready for employees -- currently 67 people in London, with room for double that -- by June.
"Vevo has bold ambitions to be the music video and entertainment destination of choice for audiences and artists, and our continued growth and investment in Europe is an important piece to our strategy," said Jon Gisby, Vevo's managing director in Europe. "Finding a new office building that has the space required for our growing team, and the facilities to support our creative needs, further reinforces our long-term commitment to London, the UK and the European market overall."
The King's Cross lighthouse, as it is known locally, is believed to have housed an oyster house in its earlier years -- which may explain the decorative tower. It also used to be home of the beloved Mole Jazz record shop before moving up the road. Following years of neglect, the building underwent renovations recently and now sports a Five Guys and other shops on the ground floor.
Here's a shot from the Google Maps car, circa June 2016:
Vevo also has offices in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Los Angeles, Portland and Chicago.