dRMM have secured planning for a new office building in the heart of the City of London. Commissioned by Aviva Life & Pensions UK, this bold scheme is designed to respect its historic context whilst offering a long-term, sustainable return for its owners. The ten-storey building will be sited at 51-54 Fenchurch Street, a key retail destination extending from the Leadenhall Market area.
The building’s shifted form blends with its surroundings whilst giving it a uniqueness and exciting presence on its busy street. To amplify space and natural light, circulation has been placed to the western side, providing triple aspect views to all floors. Moreoever, we have achieved an uplift of over 2000 sqm over the existing building. It has been designed to offer flexible office space that can be let on a floor-by-floor basis, yet the striking, high-profile design enables it to also be single-let as a unique headquarters building.
Our clients have a proud history stretching back over 300 years, with a healthy and progressive vision of the future. 51-54 Fenchurch Street forms a significant part of that future. We are proud to be able to shape it with a building that integrates into the historical setting of the City of London whilst acting as an independent and dynamic composition.
dRMM are part of a wider team, assembled by Igloo developers, who have won the competition to design the UK’s first floating development in east London’s Royal Docks.
Our design is deliberately not an isolated ‘Village’ but a floating part of London. Our proposal seeks to demonstrate the potential of the site for (and beyond) the pilot scheme of 50 residential units, whilst integrating an urban mix of associated commercial, leisure, visitor attraction and cultural spaces. The objective is not only to create an attractive destination but a socially sustainable community that can accommodate future change and growth.
N.B. In today’s issue of the Evening Standard (23.07.14), dRMM were cited as having “experience in designing floating communities at IJburg near Amsterdam”. The Evening Standard are incorrect; we have NOT been involved in the design of IJburg which was designed by Villanova (urban design) and Marlies Rohmer (architecture).
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dRMM received the Mayor of London Housing Design Award at last night’s ceremony. King’s Cross ArtHouse was selected from 66 shortlisted projects in the ‘Completed Schemes’ category. The mixed-use scheme provides 143 apartments of which 29 are General Needs Social Rent, above a plinth of commercial spaces that activate York Way.
ArtHouse defines the eastern edge of the King’s Cross site; bounded by York Way, Handyside Gardens to the west and Regent’s Canal to the south. The building sits within the historic strip that crosses the site, occupied by the Handyside Canopy, Midlands Good Shed, The Granary Building (University of the Arts) and the Gasholders.
Our approach was to create a series of mini towers, which break the building into four smaller communities to foster a sense of neighbourliness. The mini towers and courtyards form a saw tooth arrangement along the edge of Handyside Gardens, increasing the width of the park whilst allowing more apartments to enjoy a parkside aspect. Full height glazed facades maximise views and the feeling of space and light within the apartments. Sliding screens allow residents to control the environment passively, providing privacy and animation to the façade.
dRMM would like to thank and congratulate everyone who made this award possible, in particular our client Argent LLP. Thanks also to Kier Construction, London Borough of Camden, and the consultant design team: Weedon Partnership, ARUP, Aecom, Hoare Lea, Davis Langdon and Johnson Naylor LLP.
Click here to watch a video produced by Living Projects which showcases King’s Cross ArtHouse and includes an interview with dRMM founding director Philip Marsh.