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The Fold by Studio Egret West

The curved facade of The Fold lessens its impact on the surrounding streetscape

The architect’s view

Studio Egret West was challenged to turn an existing run-down office site into a new mixed-use building. The site demanded a building with public faces on all sides, and had significant contextual constraints.

The curved form of The Fold has helped to lessen the impact of the tall building, providing a softness to the play of light and shadow. The curved facade has been broken down into bands that step and split the building horizontally, while keeping a single and continuous identity when viewed from any direction.

The lower band relates in height to the adjacent buildings, taking the three-storey datum of this 1930s suburb and stepping this up with a further two bands as the site turns towards the station. Although the building is split into separate bands, a single material is used to provide a continuity of language. Each band takes the same metal cladding material panel and applies it in a different colour and fixing patterns to provide a varied texture to each.

  • Lucas Lawrence, associate director, Studio Egret West

Project data

Start on site January 2011
Completion Phased Completion (final completion October 2012)
Gross internal area 6,502m²
Form of contract or procurement route JCT Design and Build
Total cost Confidential
Client United House
Completion architect KDS Associates
Structural engineer URS
M&E consultant White Associates
Landscape architect Fabrik
Fire engineer Scott Wilson
Acoustic consultant RPS Planning & Development
Main contractor United House
Facade subcontractor Prater
CAD software used AutoCAD

Specified products

Metal cladding


Tecu and Tecu Gold rainscreen with WBP plywood backing supported by aluminium carrier system

Rigid insulation

Kingspan Kooltherm K15 batts

Breather membrane

Tyvek OSA

Gypsum board ceiling

British Gypsum MF ceiling system with 12.5mm gypsum board

Cladding and envelope works


Groundworks and concrete frame

Henry Construction

Mechanical and plumbing



Electrical Laser

Drylining and decoration

Malden Group


Dekko Interiors




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