Angus Montgomery, Editor of Design Week, shares with us his top 3 office buildings you should stop to admire in London.
Daily Express Building, 120 Fleet Street
Dubbed the "Black Lubyanka" by Private Eye, the Grade II*-listed Art Deco building at 120 Fleet Street was the Daily Express's London HQ from its completion in 1932 until the late 1980s. The stunning lobby features plaster reliefs, silver and gilt decorations and an oval staircase, but is very rarely open to the public. Fortunately the striking exterior, clad with black vitrolite, can be admired by all. The building is now occupied by bank Goldman Sachs.
Angel Building, 407 St John Street
Completed in 2010 by architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the Angel Building boasts impressive sustainability credentials, was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize and houses businesses and organisations including the Design Council. Particularly remarkable was the construction of the building, which saw the existing concrete frame of the site's previous unlovely 1980s office block extended vertically and horizontally and wrapped in a glazed skin to mark a complete transformation.
Ampersand Office Building, 180 Wardour Street
It's not actually open yet (although it completes imminently) but the Ampersand Building in Soho looks like an intriguing addition to London's office scene. The building will feature an immersive Ampersand "logo" created by Tom Hingston in the lobby, and a "living" spiral staircase designed by Paul Cocksedge Studio which will run through the centre of the building. This will apparently feature fresh mint plants that can be picked so that thirsty office-workers can make tea...
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