160 Aldersgate  Castleforge

This major refurbishment and extension of a late 1980s office building is a prime example of our mission to enhance and revitalise the best qualities of existing architecture. For 160 Aldersgate this included replacing the principal façade, repositioning the building to reflect the local changes with the arrival of Crossrail.

Reusing the existing structure the design reconfigured the atrium to bring day light through the centre of the building down to the ground floor and create floor plates to meet the requirements of contemporary occupiers such as DLA Piper, the law practice who pre-let a majority of the building.

As a backdrop to the Grade II Listed Barbican Estate the carefully considered design is sympathetic to its Brutalist aesthetic, with a mixture of textures and surfaces. The varied rhythm of the Portland stone posts and lintels is infilled with course grey brickwork and glass panels set at an angle to direct views towards the City of London providing deeper shadowing to enhance the surface quality of the masonry. At the upper floors, set back from the main façade, rugged stone fins obscure and shade the full height glazing.

The building’s generous atrium has been transformed with new materials including solid white oak slats and a limed whitewash lacquer finish, giving a clean and light appearance. A dark metal stair rises through the atrium to create a dramatic contrast and generate activity within the space. The roof terraces at the top floors provide landscaped amenity space and uninterrupted views to the west.