13 March 2018
The London Borough of Islington have granted planning permission for Gibson Thornley’s remodeling and extension of an existing office building in the heart of Farringdon. Located in the Charterhouse Square Conservation Area, Link House will provide contemporary workspace, bringing the project up to the standards expected for central London office provision.
Whilst the existing concrete frame is retained, the entire façade is reimagined. Large windows arranged in a clear, rational grid of three bays, bringing light deep into the floorplates. The exterior will be faced with a dark grey mottled brick, with deep recesses around the glazing designed to provide a rhythm of light and shadow across the street-facing façade.
A new ground level is formed around better connections at street level, creating a more animated frontage. The passageway that leads to the rear courtyard has been cut out of one of the proposed bays, forming a more attractive entrance sequence that ties in with the overall building design. As you move up the block, each floorplate has been reorganized to make better connections between the front and rear portions of the building. A new fourth and fifth floor have been inserted and will have access to external terraces, providing much needed outdoor space in a dense urban environment.
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