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Showroom in top gear

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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.


COST £970,000


ARCHITECT Wilhelmson Arkitekter and Marketplace Design

CONTRACTOR Wates Interiors

PROJECT MANAGER Davis Langdon & Everest M&E Roberts & Partners

ENGINEER Young & Webb


GLASS SUPPLIER Cricursa (Cristales Curvados)



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