20 Gresham Street
City of London, UK
Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates - KPF
photo : Timothy Soar
Located diagonally opposite the City of London's Guildhall entrance at the corner of Milk Street, 20 Gresham Street marks a significant transformation in the redevelopment of the area. Curvilinear at roof level, the building marks this important corner by extending the roof form to the ground and gradually sets back over the full height of the curved facade.
The vertical roof façade extends along Gresham Street at ground and first floor level forming the entrance lobby façade. Two revolving doors, designed to mark the transition from a bustling city street into a quiet interior environment, are placed on the apex of the corner to introduce a degree of solidity that frames the view into the entrance and reveals back painted burgundy colored glass panels that are repeated on a journey through the building. Once inside, a double-height cathedral-like entrance space lined with a sculpted travertine wall and a monumental reception desk create an environment that is more reminiscent of an art gallery than an office lobby.
photos : Timothy Soar
From the entrance area, the vertical circulation elements; escalators to the first floor and the lift lobby, act to orientate and allow access to the dealer floors at first and second floor levels and the office floors above.
photos © Adrian Welch
Upon entering the first and second floors, the benefits of the external pre-cast composite columns that form part of the external elevation are evident. 30,000-square-foot floor plates have only seven internal columns and 18-meter spans, accentuating the sense of unimpeded space and allowing for flexible floor plates to support multi-tenancy occupation.
photo : Holger Knauf
The atrium is located behind the central core and extends from the third floor to the roof. Its balconies animate the area and the base can be occupied as office space.
Gresham Street Offices London images / information from KPF 060309
20 Gresham Street - Building Information
Client: Hermes Real Estate / City Offices Real Estate
Facility: Corporate Headquarters Building
Size: 32,000m² / 344,400ft²
Awards: Certified BREEAM Excellent
Gresham Street buildings
photos © Adrian Welch
image © Nick Weall