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Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects

  • 01:00 - 17 January, 2011
Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects
Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects

Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    St Giles High St, Westminster, London WC2H 0, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    J.Moolhuijzen, M.van der Staay (partner and associate in charge), N.Mecattaf (associate) with L.Battaglia, S.Becchi, A.Belvedere, G.Carravieri, E.Chen, D.Colas, P.Colonna, W.Matthews, G.Mezzanotte, S.Mikou, Ph.Molter, Y.Pagès, M.Pare, L.Piazza, M.Reale, J.Rousseau, S.Singer Bayrle, R.Stampton and M.Aloisini, R.Biavati, M.Pierce, L.Voiland; O.Auber, C.Colson, Y.Kyrkos (models)
  • Structure

    Ove Arup & Partners
  • Pre Construction Advice

    Bovis Lend Lease
  • Lighting

    P.Castiglioni / G.Bianchi
  • Landscaping

    Charles Funke Associates
  • Cost Consultant

    Davis Langdon
  • Client

    Legal & General with Mitsubishi Estate Corporation Stanhope PLC
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. The proposed concept for the site was to transform a single-use office building into a genuinely mixed use development incorporating office, retail, restaurant and residential use; seeking to create a new destination integrated within the local area.

© Michel Denance
© Michel Denance

The architects chose to situate the buildings around a new courtyard in the center of the site, which is connected by a publicly accessible route and ground floor public uses to the surrounding streets and spaces.

© RPBW Site Plan
© RPBW Site Plan

The key elements of the scheme were to introduce activity into the area, provide a mix of uses particularly retail, restaurants and housing introducing daytime and night time surveillance, and creating a properly managed and controlled environment which is reflected in the urban design approach to the layout of retail units, spaces and pedestrian routes.

Design team: J.Moolhuijzen, M.van der Staay (partner and associate in charge), N.Mecattaf (associate) with L.Battaglia, S.Becchi, A.Belvedere, G.Carravieri, E.Chen, D.Colas, P.Colonna, W.Matthews, G.Mezzanotte, S.Mikou, Ph.Molter, Y.Pagès, M.Pare, L.Piazza, M.Reale, J.Rousseau, S.Singer Bayrle, R.Stampton and M.Aloisini, R.Biavati, M.Pierce, L.Voiland; O.Auber, C.Colson, Y.Kyrkos (models)

© RPBW Sketch
© RPBW Sketch

Located in Camden, the project is part of a complex urban patchwork of medieval streets, modern buildings and traditional urban blocks. This environment had a dramatic impact on the design of the project.

© Michel Denance
© Michel Denance

The scheme is composed of complex volumes, which are characterically chiselled fragmented and reduced in scale to match the surrounding buildings. These chiselled volumes mad St-G an impressive architectural sculpture characterized by a combination of shimmering facets.

© RPBW Sketch
© RPBW Sketch

Each facet is unique, differing in height, orientation, color, and relationship to natural light. Glass, steel and ceramic are the primary elements of the skin. In each fact the ceramic is used in different shade and colors that respond to the surrounding building, thus helping to integrate the scheme in the immediate urban environment.

At the core of the scheme there is a large courtyard, where the public activity is concentrated with its cafes and restaurants this piazza will generate social life, thus enhancing the urban identity of the site. A six-meter full height glass facade provides a maximum of transparency, five passages through this courtyard allow a permeable scheme and invite passers-by to this piazza shaded by a 20m high tree.

© Joost Moolhuijzen
© Joost Moolhuijzen
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Le · September 15, 2012

I find it really smart and cool, it seems to me that the compound is rather a result of elaborate thinking and a strong concept than simply of a design based approach or trends. Hopefully that's gonna make it a building that won't become outdated so soon.

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Maki Kaelbel SEO · August 03, 2012

one of Horrible building for Renzo Piano in my opinion,
out of scale and obsoleted colors

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niko · February 14, 2011

In my opinion, no doubt the worst architectural disaster to rock London since St George Wharf in Vauxhall. Absolutely no sense of scale or adaptation to urban setting other than the garish colour scheme, which would've been more appropriate to London had it been the other way around, with the colours on the inside. With such a big team of good architects, you'd think they could come up with more than 1 standard facade detail instead of repeating the same 1 11.000 times. I go past this building all the time and it will always seem like it is out of place and should be situated in La Defense, EuraLille or other "suburban urbanity" with its horrible micro climate and huge, uninteresting perimeter. A true dead-spot so close to Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Rd is heartbreaking...

gentry · April 16, 2011 07:57 AM

how is this a dead-spot? did you read this article?

spindles · February 14, 2011

careful thought was given to the colours.watch carefully green for life, yellow for sunshine, red for energy. a little blue for coolness. but where are the plans. kindda difficult following the layout, perhaps a legend might help.thnx to Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects and the team who put everything together

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a l p · January 21, 2011

The colors make the facades much more monolithic.

Francisco P · January 19, 2011
gerson · January 19, 2011

LESS IS MORE!
Magnifico!

Kirsten Sibilia · January 18, 2011

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Cadu · January 18, 2011

Amazing!!!
I DO like Renzo Piano.

Excellent urban insertion with the volumes and colors.

Congrats Mr. Architects!

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Soupdragon · January 17, 2011

The best bit about this is the Angel pub opposite.

ps. Camden is the local council, the project is in Holborn bordering Soho.

JuiceMajor · January 17, 2011

I like the colours but I think it will get dated quickly!

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