Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
6 Bevis Marks in London by Fletcher Priest Architects
March 24th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Fletcher Priest Architects
A 16 storey office building next to St Mary Axe has started on site last month. Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects for AXA Real Estate, MGPA , EUROHYPO and CORE, the new 234,200 sqft office will be a distinctive addition to the City, and its dramatic ETFE covered roof garden will enliven the surrounding roof scape.
The new building replaces a 1980’s office that over-sailed the pavement to form a dark colonnade that isolated the building from the street. Despite being double the floor area of the previous block, the new development reconnects the site to the neighbourhood. Fletcher Priest’s design sets the building back to align with adjacent property, enhances pedestrian routes through and around the site and creates an attractive public space from what was previously a service area.
Fletcher Priest have used an ETFE floating roof structure to create an all-weather open air roof garden for the enjoyment of the occupants, who can take the lift to the landscaped space and enjoy the spectacular views. Over 10,000 sqft of roof gardens aim to give the scheme a unique character yet fit in with its architecturally distinctive neighbours that overlook the roof.
The new structure is 80% more energy efficient than the building it replaces. It also reuses over 50% of the original structural mass that is part of an extensive sustainability agenda that shortens the construction programme, and helps avoid risks in the ground.
Fletcher Priest Architects is an award winning practice established in London in 1978. In 1992 we opened our Köln studio, Fletcher Priest Bösl, and our Riga Studio in 2008. Our work covers urban design, architecture and interiors and we have a design research arm as well as strong links with schools of architecture. We are one of the one hundred largest practices in the UK. Clients include St Anne’s College Oxford, Nomura, UBS, Sony, IBM and Vodafone. Our projects range from new buildings to renovation and refurbishment of existing structures and from headquarters buildings to the regeneration of public space. Current projects include the Stratford City masterplan in east London, a 73 hectare urban centre delivering the Athletes Village for 2012, and the new urban centre of Riga, Latvia. Work is underway on St Anne’s College Oxford and Finsbury Circus Housein The City. Recently completed projects include One Angel Lane and Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s Central Saint Giles.
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