We were challenged to design a contemporary, flexible office building on a confined, flood zone 3 site. One that would meet the needs of the incumbent tenant, yet also provide a commercially viable, institutionally fundable building for the landlord client. Occupied by Gartner as their European Headquarters, we needed to provide a clear identity which would help attract (and retain) top talent from central London.
Our design needed to be architecturally exciting yet attractive to a contractor, in what was a heated market. By using flexible, simply divisible floorplates that surround a large central atrium with interlinking bridges, we could future-proof the building for multi-tenants whilst also animating the atrium space and providing opportunities for chance interactions. The headquarters building not only recognises the desire to provide a strong formalistic approach to its setting, but also provides a highly efficient, flexible building that incorporates state-of-the art facilities for this leading technology research company.
By sloping the façade and using angled brise-soleil, we were able to mark the entrance, maximise the floor space and provide a suitable feature to the headquarters building. We raised the building above the ground to allow flood waters onto the site without interrupting its use.
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