SDAWARDS FINALIST: A Bold Look for the Offices at 4 Chiswell Street

Ben Adams Architects are finalists in the Commercial Exterior Surface category in the Surface Design Awards 2017, with their fantastic design and refurbishment of 4 Chiswell Street, London.

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The tired office building in the city fringe has been re-imagined as a bold, contemporary workspace with more space, a basement designed to be cycle-friendly and an innovative new façade.

The façade stands proud against the forbidding aesthetic of its neighbours with a striking and technically demanding, multi-layered gold mesh. The layering gives unusual views out of the building by framing the streetscape outside and offers a unique visual effect from the street whereby the facade appears to change as you pass by, momentarily revealing a circular motif that is repeated throughout the interior design.

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As you enter through a brand new front door, the sculpted and polished plaster and a bespoke terrazzo floor give subtle texture to the expanded entrance and reception interior, adding cool glamour to the seven storey building. Elsewhere, office floors are enlivened with clean concrete soffits, exposed services and new glazing to make the most of the incredible views out onto the historic Bunhill cricket ground behind.

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BCFA Members Supplier List:

Taps: Crosswater Contracts

Toilets: Laufen Ltd

Exterior Materials Interior Materials
Cladding: Szerelmey (portland Stone) Ceilings: Britsh Gypsum and IDD Contracts
Windows & Doors: IDF Aluminium Reception Desk: Specialist Joinery Group
Metalwork: Robert Steven’s and Sons Polished Plaster: Armourcoat
Flooring: DRP Terrazzo Stone & Ceramic and Bolon
Shower Drain: Abacus Direct
 Toilets: Palomba
Shower head/Mixer: Mira
WC Tiles: Mosaic Tile Shop



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