Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s ‘intelligently restrained’ City offices have triumphed in the refurbishment category at the AJ Architecture Awards
This intervention in a 1920s Grade II-listed structure and an adjacent building is perfectly detailed and intelligently restrained, setting a new standard for the refurbishment of City of London office buildings.
An additional storey and roof terrace are discreetly introduced, and the elevational treatment is well-considered, with varied window reveals, stepping planes and subtle changes of brickwork that relate well to neighbouring properties. The clever introduction of a double order, which frames the four lower floors, aligns with the cornice of the adjacent Neoclassical building. Contemporary detailing of hand-thrown bricks and bronze-toned metals relates well to the heritage context.
Most dramatic is the introduction of a level change in the lobby as well as a terrazzo floor and a spectacular bespoke light fitting, which add grandeur while retaining the qualities of the original space. The restructuring of the interiors of the upper floors with a new core unifies the internal floorplates and maximises net lettable area.
This is a thoroughly well-designed and executed piece of architecture, which transforms a heritage building and its neighbour into an appealing and efficient 21st-century workplace. ‘The lobby is full of delight and the exteriors reward study as an exemplar for new City offices,’ said the judges.
Highly commended: The Grim House by Checa Romero Architects
This retrofit of an undistinguished east London two-bedroom 1980s house by an architect-client has transformed a constrained characterless house into a light-filled, flexible family home.
Finalist: 234 Bath Road by Flanagan Lawrence
234 Bath Road by Flanagan Lawrence
Source: Hufton + Crow
Finalist: Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre Refurbishment, Queen’s University Belfast by TODD Architects
Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre Refurbishment, Queen’s University Belfast by TODD Architects
Finalist: Murray Road by Giles Pike Architects
Murray Road by Giles Pike Architects
Finalist: The David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects
The David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects
Finalist: The Loom by Duggan Morris Architects
The Loom by Duggan Morris Architects