62 Buckingham Gate

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London, England
415,000 square feet / 39,000 square meters

With a façade composed of folding planes, 62 Buckingham Gate is an urban jewel whose facets reflect its changing surroundings. This mixed-use office and retail building is located in a neighborhood of government offices on Victoria Street, a main artery of Central London whose character was shaped primarily after World War II. Most of the area’s buildings were built in the 1960s and 1970s, and many are expected to be replaced over the next 10 years.

The design of 62 Buckingham Gate is forward looking, yet sensitive to historic architecture of Central London. The tilting planes of the façade fragment the volume to create a more intimate scale. Simple and elegant glass surfaces will receive and reflect light according to the time of day and weather. Like the Edwardian architecture of the area, the cladding is a composition of horizontal banding. Anodized bronze elements harmonize with the colors of Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

The 13-story building includes nearly 37,000 square meters (398,000 square feet) of office space and 1,500 square meters (16,100 square feet) of café and restaurant space. Ground-level retail brings life to the street. The bays created by the inward-tilting planes are used for outdoor restaurant seating, which are sheltered by a canopy that continues along adjacent buildings. In addition, the western edge of the site includes a new public space adjacent to Westminster City Hall.

Sustainable design strategies for the building include a green roof, landscaped terraces and an energy-efficient building envelope.