Barr Gazetas - Award Winning London Architect

Bonhill Street Islington

Sensitive transformation of a 1960s building at the heart of Islington, providing best in class amenities for existing and future tenants.

In Numbers

  • 1 multi-functional pavilion
  • 200m2 living green wall
  • 5 green roofs / canopies
  • 20 different species of plants
  • 2 new hotdesking booths

Our transformation of this 1960s office block comprises socially-led design of the façades, common parts and external facilities to provide the widest impact for existing and future tenants.

The existing building suffers from a blank street frontage, due to the occupation of the lower levels by an inward-facing data centre, with an uninspiring grey rendered treatment to the remainder of the elevation. A proposed oscillating façade cladding to the ground floor along with the introduction of a green wall to the upper floors will animate this frontage, adding social and ecological value.

The route through the existing reception is convoluted with multiple barriers. Key proposals include the rationalisation of the entrance, expansion of the reception into an unattractive external corridor space and the adoption of a smart building system. The new reception will be streamlined, open and accessible. The benefits of the smart platform will be maximised and fully integrated with the building’s BMS to negate the constraints of a traditional reception.

The palette of natural materials and biophilia and principles of flexible operation will be expanded throughout the common parts

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