Views out are modulated to create a sense of intimacy along with a connection to the wider London roofscape.
This 17,953 sq ft office refurbishment in Great Portland Street includes a striking new pavilion on the rooftop.
The street façade is broken by a charcoal grey recess, whose glazed panels and simple balcony mark out the main entrance to the building above. A typical London mansard conceals the drama of the roof pavilion whose perforated aluminium skin allows its form to dissolve as dusk falls, creating a translucent prism. The quality of light in this space subtly changes as daylight and artificial light interact through its translucent surfaces. Views out are modulated to create a sense of intimacy along with a connection to the wider London roofscape.
Creative studio office space occupies the four floors below, with retail units on the lower two levels. The interiors of the office are dramatically exposed to the rear of the building with a fully glazed façade, appearing as if the office has been sliced in section. Industrial cues inform the interior spaces with exposed services and a perforated folded metal ceiling in reception.
Everybody wants a secret hideout on the rooftops, and this building provides one in a contemporary, creative office space – the perfect corporate hideout.