Buro Happold sets up in London
Opened this month, Buro Happold's new central London design hub in Newman Street, W1, was designed by Nick Goldsmith, from Buro Happold's New York sister company ftl Happold, together with John Wright of The Walker Wright Partnership.
The move brings together three separate London offices. 'The culture of Buro Happold thrives upon engineers swapping knowledge and information,' says partner Rod Macdonald. 'All of our design groups are under one roof again.'
The original fabric of the 1400m2 Victoria building has been retained as a freeze-frame background, round which a contemporary industrial interior has been created. Old plaster and exposed masonry on the walls, along with fragments of ornamental plasterwork from previous ceilings have been deliberately painted over in situ. Exposed galvanised-metal services slung from the ceilings and stainless steel Punka fans underline the industrial nature of the design. Large windows with industrial steel frames dominate, providing dramatic views from the ground floor along Newman Passage to the Post Office Tower at the rear.
architect/interior designer: FTL Happold: Nick Goldsmith; Walker Wright Partnership: John Wright