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Farshid Moussavi wins planning for Fenchurch Street office block

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Farshid Moussavi Architecture has won planning for a new office block at 130 Fenchurch Street in central London

The £300million city scheme, which varies in height from 14 to 17 storeys, is set to replace the existing Fountain House building close to Rafael Viñoly’s Walkie-Talkie.

The building, with its fluted glass curtain wall, will feature a roof-terrace and provide 322 bicycle spaces

The project’s client, Aviva Investors, is also working with dRMM Architects on a ten-storey office block at 54 Fenchurch Street. The 6,334m² scheme, which is the practice’s first major office scheme in the City, won planning back in July.

Moussavi’s office building is set to start on site in 2016.

The architect’s view

‘The design is sympathetic to the eastern cluster of the City, its fluted glass curtain wall designed with concave glass panels integrated with structurally glazed reveals and perimeter columns to diminish the presence of the glazing structure and provide column-free interiors.

‘To generate further variety in people’s experience as they move around the building, the scale of the fluting is also varied across the building elevations. The resulting all-glass fluted form compresses reflections of the surrounding context, providing richness and variety to the different building elevations.’

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