Major London Offices

Study for a major 11-storey deep-plan headquarters building on a whole city block behind  a retained 1920's stone facade


The idea is to demolish the series of  semi-obsolete and obsolete office buildings  on the north side of Finsbury Square  to create a  site for a single  headquarters building  for a major international firm.

The challenge was to create something which was able to retain the elegance  of the existing landmark tower facade with the flexible  spacial and technical requirements of a contemporary office building

Rather than use the existing entrance which is too small , the idea is to create a new stone and glazed entrance facade  on the internal corner of the square which fronts onto a very large lift lobby with includes escalators to the lower floors. Behind this is a deep plan office building with dealer floors on the ground and first, breaking out to a central atrium on the upper levels.

To overcome the limits of height of the original building the section changes to a multi-level barrel vault on the top levels, all  with fantastic views over the City. This also  gives the building a striking presence onto Grays Inn Road.

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