20 Gresham Street, Milk Street Building, HQ Project Photo, Design, Office Property Picture

20 Gresham Street London

City of London Headquarters Development: Office Building design by KPF architects

Location: City of London, England, UK

Date built: 2008

Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – KPF

20 Gresham Street Offices

20 Gresham Street London office building
photo : Timothy Soar

4 Mar 2009

20 Gresham Street

Building Description

Located diagonally opposite the City of London’s Guildhall entrance at the corner of Milk Street, 20 Gresham Street marks a significant transformation in the redevelopment of the area. Curvilinear at roof level, the building marks this important corner by extending the roof form to the ground and gradually sets back over the full height of the curved facade.

The vertical roof façade extends along Gresham Street at ground and first floor level forming the entrance lobby façade. Two revolving doors, designed to mark the transition from a bustling city street into a quiet interior environment, are placed on the apex of the corner to introduce a degree of solidity that frames the view into the entrance and reveals back painted burgundy colored glass panels that are repeated on a journey through the building. Once inside, a double-height cathedral-like entrance space lined with a sculpted travertine wall and a monumental reception desk create an environment that is more reminiscent of an art gallery than an office lobby.

20 Gresham Street Gresham Street offices Gresham Street photo City of London Headquarters Development
photos : Timothy Soar

From the entrance area of the property, the vertical circulation elements in the building; escalators to the first floor and the lift lobby, act to orientate and allow access to the dealer floors at first and second floor levels and the office floors above.

Gresham Street office building City of London Headquarters Development
photos © Adrian Welch

Upon entering the first and second office floors, the benefits of the external pre-cast composite columns that form part of the external elevation are evident. 30,000-square-foot office floor plates have only seven internal columns and 18-meter spans, accentuating the sense of unimpeded space and allowing for flexible floor plates to support multi-tenancy occupation.

Gresham Street building
photo : Holger Knauf

The atrium is located behind the central core of the building and extends from the third floor to the roof. Its balconies animate the area and the base can be occupied as office space.

Gresham Street Offices London images / information from KPF 060309

20 Gresham Street – Building Information

Client: Hermes Real Estate / City Offices Real Estate
Facility: Corporate Headquarters Building
Size: 32,000m² / 344,400ft²
Status: Completed
Awards: Certified BREEAM Excellent

Gresham Street buildings
Gresham Street building City of London Headquarters building
photos © Adrian Welch

Gresham Street building
image © Nick Weall

KPF architects – Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Location: 20 Gresham Street, London, England, UK

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