As part of Saab's rolling programme of showroom refurbishments, its site in Piccadilly, central London, has been completed to showcase its top-of-the-range motors. The architect has created a luxurious and modern environment, which combines a car display, office space, exhibition and meeting rooms in 450m 2, spread over two floors, writes AustinWilliams.
The shell has been lined out with 5m-high,20mm-thick laminated glass panels laid at an angle which flow in a sinusoidal curve across the side walls.These flank walls have a frosted intermediate layer so that as light is projected from a light box onto the back, the panels slowly change colour, giving the impression of being inside a Wurlitzer jukebox.
Huge inclined glass panels have been incorporated as the translucent walls to a freestanding circular meeting enclosure with a Saab-themed mural transfer applied to it. Each of these glass panels was shipped over from Barcelona and installed at night without any breakages in transit.
The two-stage tender works include air conditioning throughout, new WCs, audiovisuals and the refurbishment of the basement as an exhibition and entertainment venue.
ARCHITECT Wilhelmson Arkitekter and Marketplace Design
CONTRACTOR Wates Interiors
PROJECT MANAGER Davis Langdon & Everest M&E Roberts & Partners
ENGINEER Young & Webb
PLANNING SUPERVISOR Leslie Clark
GLASS SUPPLIER Cricursa (Cristales Curvados)
GLASS INSTALLER Firman Glass