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Ben Adams completes Clerkenwell 'living lab' office

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Ben Adams Architects has completed a new 2,224m² office building in Clerkenwell, London

The brick building sits on an irregular site, constrained by height restrictions in Northampton Road close to Berthold Lubetkin’s famous Finsbury Health Centre.

The building has become the new office and showroom for contract furniture manufacturer Orangebox. The company will use the building as a ‘living lab’ to test its ’21st century Smartworking philosophy’.

The building wraps around the plot creating an entrance courtyard around an existing tree. According to the architects, the handmade bricks aim to blend with the surrounding Victorian warehouses and are detailed with curved corners and quoins in ‘a nod to Ruskin’.

Pressed metal paneling forms black reveals in the two and half storey ground floor windows. The upper level of the building is set back to create landscaped terraces with views of John Dando Sedding’s 1887 Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer.

Internally, the building is divided into a series of spaces that blur into one another to create a flexible building that can adapt over time. The concrete slab is pulled back from the walls to create a mezzanine floor and the soffit is left exposed.

Northampton road 5 ben adams

Northampton road 5 ben adams

Project data

Location Clerkenwell, London, UK
Type of project Office
Client Private
Architect Ben Adams Architects
Landscape architect James Fox, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
Planning consultant GL Hearn
Structural engineer Price & Myers
M&E consultant Norman Disney & Young
Quantity surveyor IS Consult
Main contractor Graham Construction
Funding Private
Tender date March 2013
Start on site date September 2013
Completion date October 2015
Contract duration September 2013 – October 2015
Gross internal floor area 2,224m²
Total cost Private

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