Arup Associates has released the first photographs of its recently completed revamp of the central arena within London’s 1980s Broadgate office complex
The 4,150m2 circular space of the famous colonnade structure – formed by 54 travertine columns – has been maintained, while three new double-width staircases have been added to provide access between the upper and lower levels.
Beneath the colonnade sits the scheme’s reconstructed first floor restaurant. The triple aspect unit has been widened and the first floor now cantilevers over the colonnade with a new structure designed to transfer the loads back to the original columns.
The elevated circle has been lowered to improve sightlines – a move which was originally slammed by the Twentieth Century Society which feared it would result in the loss of informal seating space and be ‘detrimental to the quality and overall flow of the space’.
At ground level new kiosks and benches have been positioned to maintain a visual link to the main circle space.
According to the practice, which first showed off its original proposal for the City of London site more than three years ago, the changes ‘celebrate the original qualities of the circle’.
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