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.