Barr Gazetas - Award Winning London Architect

40 Villiers Street Westminster

Recladding and internal fit-out of a prominent 1950s building on Villiers Street, Embankment Gardens with a strong presence and spectacular views of the River Thames and the South Bank.

In Numbers

  • 180 degree panoramic view of the South Bank
  • 31 recessed linear lights to the canopy
  • 101 feature vertical mullions
  • 33 100% bio-based acoustic panels, made of cellulose, wheat, and potato starch
  • 90 oak timber slats
  • 1 ‘Social Hub’, a space to play and relax

About 40 Villiers Street

Villiers Street slopes down to the Embankment as part of the previous banks of the Thames. The material sequence on the facade is an eclectic mix of stucco, red brick and black granite. Our addition to the street is a cream ceramic tile with a subtle variation in complimentary colours.

The floor plate creates a distinctive bookend to the street, with crisp curved spandrel bands that celebrate the curve. The north elevation had been left unfinished, waiting for a connecting building. We have continued the cladding treatment around the corner to tie the overall appearance together, with building signage and canopy seamlessly integrated.
The office fit-out, our design focused on adaptability and the individuals’ needs in mind, without having to compromise functionality and aesthetics. The layout of each office space has been organised around a central welcome space, moving through a variety of workspaces: open plan desk area, glazed meeting rooms, focus booths, co-working areas, soft breakout space and tea-point.

The fit out makes special use of quirky spaces that sit within the original railway arches – These have been reimagined as breakout and collaborative spaces away from the main work area.
We have used warm, natural, colourful tones throughout the spaces to improve staff’s mental health and wellbeing. The office spaces also count with adequate storage, shelving and display areas to allow personal configuration.

Sustainability was a key design driver, guiding the choice of environmentally friendly and locally sourced furniture brands, fabric, floor finishes and materials.

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