"This building on Southwark Street has been designed by the practice for its own occupancy. The upper three floors house the studios which are linked by a stepped atrium. The ground floor contains the reception and a cafe, while the basement contains the library, printing and model making facilities. At ground level a new public route has been created through the building connecting Southwark Street to Farnham Place. The two facades of the building - on Southwark Street and Farnham Place - are radically different from each other. The elevation to Southwark Street is almost entirely flat and glazed, revealing the internal concrete structure and vertical yellow louvre screens which protect the interior against glare. The elevation to Farnham Place is rendered, with relatively small window openings, and folds and bends in response to the complex geometries of the site and the rights of light of the adjacent buildings." (www.alliesandmorrison.co.uk)
RIBA London named 85 Southwark Street its Building of the Year 2004, while the 2004 Building Awards conferred Allies and Morrison with Architectural Practice of the Year honors.
Keywords: London, England, views, office building, commerical structures, studio, atrium, glazing, curtain wall, louvres, screens, Southwark Street, Farnham Place. Submitted by Robert Livesey.