York House

Structural Designer

Webb Yates Engineers

Client Name

The Office Group

Location

King's Cross, London, United Kingdom

ARCHITECT
dMFK

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Collins

PROJECT MANAGER
Quantem

M&E
EEP

PLANNING CONSULTANT
Lichfields

SUSTAINABILITY
EB7

TRANSPORT CONSULTANT
Caneparo

ARBORICULTURALIST
Ian Keen Ltd

CLT CONTRACTOR
Eurban Images: © Agnese Sanvito

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

An eight-storey refurbishment and extension scheme providing flexible co-working space. The existing building was refurbished across all floors. Meeting rooms, open plan areas, reception, café, bike storage and changing facilities were all created. At the front, a new cross-laminated timber extension was added. The existing structure was also extended at roof level with a cross-laminated timber structure.
 

Submitted in 2020

Judge's comment:

The existing building, constructed in around 1981, was one of the earliest office blocks in the area but was not in use due to the deterioration of the façade and dimly lit, poorly ventilated internal spaces.

A new five-storey front extension has been created. The extension was constructed from cross laminated timber panels, spanning 8m from the existing building to a glulam frame and glazed on three sides to create a modern, open space. A new lightwell was added at the front of the building, to make the existing basement also usable as office space.

External materials were chosen based on a careful analysis of the existing building and the neighbouring context. A structurally self-supporting perforated brick lattice was employed for the facade, set on a 45-degree angle to give it stiffness. This arrangement is visually striking and economical, reducing the need for additional supports and using half of the bricks of a traditional facade.

The judges admire the beautiful marriage of overlapped and layered materials and the multi-purposefulness of each material working in unison.

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