Located in a Conservation Area among Georgian townhouses and imposing Victorian facades, the office building needed to balance contemporary and traditional aesthetics. Incorporating the essence of classical architecture, the design team worked with Grosvenor Estate and Stow Properties to give the building its own identity while ensuring that it fits comfortably in its surroundings.
Using building information modeling, the team maximized floor-to-ceiling heights while effectively inserting an entire floor in comparison to the Edwardian building it replaces.
The design reconciled a classically inspired elevation design, which typically would require decreased floor-to-floor heights moving up the building. By varying the size and detailing of the windows, an illusion of “piano nobile” exists along ground floor retail spaces. This helps integrate the building into its historic surroundings while maintaining the floor-to-floor heights of a modern office building on higher floors.
In reference to neighboring buildings, the exterior has the appearance of handset, handmade brickwork, with decorative elements crafted from Portland stone. The facade is actually composed of precast panels elegantly detailed to hide joints and junctions. Using this material accelerated construction while giving the facade a consistent appearance.
The quality of design, materials and detailing continues inside the building. The reception area, in particular, reflects the contemporary and exclusive luxury called for in the design brief.
The design team advised the clients on the selection of artists for the public artwork, which includes three solid bronze portcullis entrance gates designed by London artist Wendy Ramshaw, CBE.
BIM geometry and data developed throughout the design and construction process will aid in the building’s ongoing management. Key initiatives that will benefit the owners include asset tagging, online tools for building management systems, tenant fit-out guidelines and GIS models.
33,700 sq. ft. / 3,130 m.
Brick Development Association – Brick Awards, Best Commercial Building