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54 PROJECT REPORT: COMMERCIAL & WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENTS


“We want people to know it’s got a huge heritage value, but we didn’t want to propose any pastiche architecture”


the removal of all the old single glazed windows, to be replaced with double glazed timber sash windows. This allowed for the retention of the existing external brickwork, which was integral to the building’s heritage. “Then, as a complement to what was already existing,” adds Leo, “we added the glass box.”


This frameless glass volume protrudes from the ground floor, resting underneath a green roof. The box was intended to bring far more natural light into the building, while avoiding obstruction of the ground floor plan – “providing a nice contrast between old and new.”


The new second floor features zinc cladding and dormer windows. According to Leo, this allows them to blend with the character of the surrounding properties – which at this height was particularly important, so as not to diminish neighbours’ views.


Alongside these elements, the team also improved the surrounding area – upgrading the soft and hard landscaping around the scheme, which, the architect tells ADF, made “a big contribution to its quality.”


Exposure


When users enter inside this completed building, they are now presented with a refurbished interior design in a “light- industrial” style, featuring what Leo describes as a “minimalist palette,” including an exposed structure, exposed brickwork, exposed services, and timber flooring throughout.


One of the main improvements the architects were able to make in the interior design, to add this industrial feel, was in using the space gained from removing the old suspended ceilings.


Such suspended ceilings are often reminiscent of mid-20th-century office spaces, and exposing the steel structure of the building and services provided part of the look the architects and client desired. But, it wasn’t all aesthetics; according to Leo, the raised ceiling


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