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Great James Street, London, UK

Emrys Architects

32-33 Great James Street comprises two Grade II* listed five storey terraced townhouses built between 1720 and 1724 in Central London. The office accommodation both in the main buildings and extensions was outdated and poor quality with some suitable only for storage. 

Emrys Architects solution was to retain and enhance the grandeur of the Grade II* listed terrace and to introduce an entirely new structure in the tight landlocked space to the rear, creating a dramatic transition from the old to the new. 

A copper bronze alloy triangulated roof form sits over the landlocked rear area – its height & form designed to fit key points around the perimeter. In order to maximise the potential of the space and introduce drama, certain elements of the roof shape were pulled upward increasing the internal floor-to-ceiling heights. The patina of the copper bronze on this contemporary folded roof was selected to harmonise with the existing buildings. An asymmetric lofted ceiling sits under the new roof with recessed lighting accentuating the geometric planes. 

An original oak stair leads through from the original building to the two floors of new office space to the rear with a double height void cut out at the rear and a cantilevered timber staircase rising through to connect the two floors. Use of roof lights and glazed access to courtyard areas has ensured that the building is flooded with light. Valuable elements have been retained including the original silver vault which has been transformed into an intimate meeting area.

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Building

Owner: 
GMS Estates Ltd
Completion date: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
WC1N 3HB
City: 
London
Street: 
Great James Street

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Type of building: 
Office buildings
Copper used: 
Bronze
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Emrys Architects

Copper contractors

Title: 
Chris Wilson Roofing

Awards

Season: 
2015
Categories: 
Shortlisted

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