UK Project of the year
Winner: 25 Savile Row by Piercy&Company
Image Credit: Hufton + Crow and Jack Hobhouse
Sponsored by Forbo Flooring Systems
Through a detailed study of adjacencies within the Derwent London office group structure an abstract three-dimensional diagram was created that ensured visual connectivity, quiet thinking space, social collaborative space and a suite of formal and informal meeting spaces. To ensure the spaces encourage collaborative working, a three-storey void was cut through the existing floors, connecting ground to second floors with a sculptural stair.
This new dramatic volume, in the 1937-buit, art-deco building, with the original windows retained within the three storey facade, allows light to distribute through the heart of the building. An extremely delicate, highly engineered stair was suspended centrally in the space to facilitate vertical movement and stitch together the collaborative spaces distributed off the stair landing.
Derwent London’s office and the upper floors are now served by separate, dedicated entrances from Savile Row. The separate entrances are visually connected by a new richly veined travertine facade and elegant full-height bronze doors. A sculpture by Hugo Dalton in a double-sided glazed timber case playfully connects both receptions.
Derwent London’s reception is a long linear space bisected by the delicate steel stair. The perspective is enhanced by the end-Tuscan Silver travertine floor, the reception desk of the same travertine and warmer tones of European oak is in the foreground while a flexible exhibition area sits beyond the stair.
The judges said...
‘Simple stated materials beautifully crafted and put together in a way that is new and innovative but still respectful to the building’
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‘Inventive whole package for a client connecting with their market’
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‘High visual impact that is welcoming and exciting’
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‘Interesting concept executed well and flowing nicely’
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‘Inexpensive design that relates back to the goals and aspirations of the business’
City Island by Woods Bagot Europe
‘Interesting mix of comfortable spaces that all have their own personality’