Make’s overhaul of the central escalators in London’s Harrods department has officially opened to the public
Designed as the centrepiece of Qatar Holding’s redevelopment of the grade II*-listed Knightsbridge building, the escalators connect all eight floors of the prestigious department store.
The redesigned space, located behind the shop’s Basil Street facade, contains 16 bronze-clad escalators placed under a new rooflight.
The original Art Deco staircase has been restored using the same Slovenian marble used in 1928. Cast metal newel lights have also been reintroduced.
Ian Lomas, partner and lead project architect, Make
‘The design process was almost like an archaeological dig. We kept uncovering new things and our design had to consider their significance. It was a case of stripping back to see what already existed and then developing a fresh design from there.
‘Make is delighted to be able to contribute to Harrods’ architectural history, leaving a sense of permanence through a crisp new treatment of spaces, restored historical detail and streamlined contemporary interventions.’