Contemporary retail and office space anticipates Crossrail arrival.

Farringdon Buildings

Completed
June 2015
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Location
Farringdon, London
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Summary

The arrival of Crossrail in Farringdon in 2018 is having a dramatic effect on the area, with an influx in recent years of ‘creatives’ - architects, designers, charities and media companies - all seeking dramatic and unusual spaces in which to work.

This terrace of four buildings on Farringdon Road was acquired by investors, Welput to provide additional space to serve this new market. Our scheme seeks to unify these four beautiful buildings into an elegant city block, rationalising the previously chaotic layouts and tired interiors of each individual building.

Each building has a mixture of uses over six storeys with showrooms and retail spaces at the lower levels and studio offices above with high ceilings, exposed structural elements and carefully integrated services. Materials are spare, with rough exposed brickwork set against raw timber floors and bespoke steel ductwork.

All four buildings have coherent design themes which are then offset by a unique colour palette in each reception space. Compact entrance areas combine seating, wayfinding, storage, post and signage with a bespoke and dramatic furniture installation all designed by Ben Adams Architects.

This lean aesthetic is so desirable that letting agents Hatton Real Estate have achieved record local rents, which now exceed typical City office space.