Today, Fletcher Priest, together with clients Mitsui Fudosan and Stanhope, celebrate the traditional Topping Out ceremony on the 27th floor of One Angel Court. The translucent tower hovers above Angel Court, now improved with additional public realm lined with shops and restaurants which catch the midday sun. The tower’s skin flows as a continuously curved surface across its entire volume; during day time it is entirely translucent and appears to draw clouds and sky down to earth: as external light fails and internal lights take over, this apparently uniform skin becomes more earthbound; its glass panels become transparent while those covering the gridded frame remain opaque. These effects come from a double frit added to the glass panels, and which allows views from inside to out in any light.
One Angel Court is one of a handful of towers close to the Bank of England and overlooking the heart of the financial centre. The views from the upper floors are hard to beat. The design seeks to stress the contrast between the area’s solid stone character, physically and symbolically reflecting the presence of the Bank of England, with this ethereal tower.
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