Amongst the rapid materializing of telecoms, media and tech companies within the Blackfriar’s Southbank region, PLP Architecture has been chosen for the design of a new office building with the challenge of successfully integrating into the ever-changing local fabric.
“Our proposal speculates on the nature of the contemporary office tower,” explained the firm. “What is the architectural expression of today’s high-density workplace? How does the building acquire an identity specific to its media/tech occupiers and how is that identity conveyed to the city?”
During the 1760s, Blackfriars Road was designated as the main thoroughfare to Blackfriars Bridge. Despite its close proximity to the City of London and recent crop of commercial and residential developments, the avenue is known for its well-preserved Georgian character.
Friars Bridge Court is organized through various vertically-stacked programs. A double-height lobby engages public activity at street level, while the lower portion of the building façade is composed of brick, matching the visual identity of surrounding conservation projects. The sandstone grid of the upper volume capitalizes on views on a larger scale.
Additionally, a double-height gallery space acts as a social focal point, with unique spaces that “promote exchange and provoke spontaneous situations”. The transparent nature of the gallery allows insight into the various spaces, and a side core allows for uninterrupted floorplates catering to a number of different work preferences and mannerisms while offering ample views of the historic community.
DeveloperKennedy Wilson Europe
Project ManagerGVA Second London Wall
Townscape ConsultantTavernor Consultancy
Structure, Services, Traffic, & EnvironmentalWaterman
Daylight & Sunlight ConsultantPoint 2 Surveyors
Vertical Transport & Fire EngineerGrontmij
Facade Access & ManagementReef
Principal DesignerPLP Architecture
Wind TunnelRWDI Consulting Engineers
PhotographsCourtesy of Luxigon
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