Open side-bar Menu
 ArchShowcase
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

12 New Fetter Lane completes in London, England by Doone Silver Architects

 
March 8th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Doone Silver Architects

This striking scheme, designed by the collaborative architectural team of Doone Silver Architects and Flanagan Lawrence, occupies a triangular site bounded by Fetter Lane and New Fetter Lane. Its innovative, rotating stepped form responds to the low-rise Chancery Lane Conservation Area to the west and the higher-rise commercial developments of New Street Square to the east.

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

  • Architects: Doone Silver Architects, Flanagan Lawrence
  • Project: 12 New Fetter Lane completes
  • Location: London, England
  • Photography: James Brittain, Kevin Sainsbury
  • Client: Pontsarn Investments – c/o Great Portland Estates
  • Owner: TH Real Estate
  • Landscape Architect: Townshend Landscape Architects
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Main Contractor: Mace
  • Planning Consultant: DP9
  • Structural Engineer: WSP Group
  • M&E Consultant: Hilson Moran Partnership
  • Quantity Surveyor: Arcadis
  • Commissioning Consultant: Dome Group

    Image Courtesy © Kevin Sainsbury

    Image Courtesy © Kevin Sainsbury

  • Planning Supervisor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Approved Inspector: MLM Building Control
  • Access Consultant: Access Design Consultants
  • Area: 147,000 sq. ft
  • Form of Contract: JCT 2011 Design & Build
  • Total Cost: Approx. £47 million (Cat.A)
  • BREEAM Rating: Excellent 2011
Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

The building’s slender vertical ‘hinge’ defines the meeting point of these two streets. The scale change between West and East elevations is resolved by a cascade of double storey stepped terraces rotating around the southern vertical hinge – the hinge expressed by a translucent glazed staircase, filtering natural light during the day and glowing as a vertical white beacon at night.

This feature creates a powerful focal point when approaching the building from Fleet Street, and the building is now a distinct landmark when viewed from the South.

Image Courtesy © Kevin Sainsbury

Image Courtesy © Kevin Sainsbury

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

The external envelope of the building is composed almost entirely of glass. The core is clad in pale grey opaque glass vertical panels, whilst the principal clear glazing to the offices is expressed as a multi-faceted and reticulated surface. These diamond-cut facades generate multiple complex reflections, capturing light and constantly changing in both pattern and appearance throughout the day – a highly modelled façade that references the historic diamond dealing district of Hatton Garden immediately to the north.

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

The prime quality office space within the building benefits from high levels of natural light, excellent external awareness and impressive views across London. The Northern vertical service core mirrors the Southern staircase, containing lifts, WCs, on-floor air handling plant and service risers. This core, containing the chillers and the telescopic building maintenance unit, then continues at roof level and is expressed as a single spine around which the whole building is organised.

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

The ground floor of the building is set back, defining the different spaces and uses at street level. The first of these is the main entrance lobby that runs most of the length of the New Fetter Lane elevation – a single clear volume viewed through a full height and full width glass wall, consisting of gigantic glazed panels supported by almost invisible glass fins. Retail units add activity to the new urban park on Plough Place. The single basement level contains additional central plant space together with cycle parking, changing rooms with showers and building management accommodation.

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Environmental sustainability has also been a key factor throughout the development of the design. The building achieves a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, offering a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions compared to current building regulations.

12 New Fetter Lane will be occupied by international law firm Bird & Bird, with fit-out completing in Summer 2016.

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Design Director, John Silver (Doone Silver Architects):

“The stepped form, rotating through the triangular site around a slender stair tower, provides a dynamic response to the building’s urban context and unlocks highly versatile open floorplates. It has been a fantastic experience to work so closely with Great Portland Estates and the entire team to design and deliver this unique building.”

Related posts:

Tags: ,

Categories: Offices, Retail

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

GRAPHISOFT: ARCHICAD download 30-day FREE trial
Graphisoft ARCHICAD  Download a 30-Day FREE trial
TurboCAD pro : Start at $299
CADalog.com - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.



Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy