1,600 people in 24 cities living 4 values for 1 goal:
To use design to help our clients succeed.

We create exceptional environments that meet our clients' most complex design challenges.

We inspire people through our work by expressing timeless cultural, organizational and personal values.

We connect people and place with ideas that come from many minds and imaginations.

We care about serving our clients, enriching lives, improving communities and protecting our natural environment through design.

We are a global architecture, design, engineering and planning firm.

60+ Years of Design + Innovation

Openness and Sustainability
in Canary Wharf

Barclays World Headquarters
London, UK

“HOK’s distinctive building upholds and continues the Canary Wharf commitment to quality but also provides Barclays with a modern, flexible and functional occupancy which fulfills their business needs.”

John Pagano
Managing Director, Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd.

Barclays wanted its headquarters to provide an efficient, high-performance environment.

The move to this new building created the opportunity for an open design to bring about a culture change that would encourage more interaction among Barclays’ staff members who had previously been scattered across multiple locations.

Five vertically stacked, south-facing atria maximize natural light in the office areas and provide space for a relaxed, informal working environment. The U-shaped floor plates create visual connections among occupants.

In the event of an emergency, the internal stair cores can accommodate the entire population of the building. This “invacuation” strategy has influenced post-9/11 building design in many major cities.

Below street level, the building provides connections to major retail facilities and to the Canary Wharf Underground Station.


BREEAM Excellent


1 million sq. ft. / 92,900 sq. m.
30 stories


Sustainable Consulting


Bovis Lend Lease – Design Safety Award

Considerate Constructors Scheme – Silver Award, Considerate Constructors

Green Organization – Green Apple Award, National Green Champion for Environmental Best Practice


First building in the Canary Wharf area to receive a BREEAM Excellent rating


Height, in feet, of the green roof, making it the highest in Europe