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Alphabeta, Old Street

Real drama in the extensive remodelling of the atrium

Credit: Hufton & Crow

Studio RHE for Resolution Property

Contract value: £48m

GIA: 32,286 m²

RIBA London Project Architect of the Year Award, Dickon Hayward


Located at the intersection of Shoreditch and the City, the empty, dated and difficult-to-use Triton Court has been remodelled into a contemporary space that appeals to a new type of workforce. The design aim was to reflect the creative tech and financial sector industries shaping London’s economy.

Creative demolition and moving plant to the basement has enabled the historic tower and cupola to be restored and re-used, with new rooftop offices terraces offering panoramic views across the city. The architect has carefully stripped the listed building back to express its riveted steel columns and brickwork, restoring and celebrating its historic facade and core.

  • Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Credit: Hufton & Crow

The real drama is in the extensive remodelling of the atrium to create a dynamic, social heart to the building, where a sense of fun pervades. Contrasting materials line the space; further animated by cantilevering meeting rooms and a huge cycle ramp acknowledging the hegemony of London’s cyclists.

Alphabeta engages and clearly delights its occupants; its vibrant spaces providing a tonic to the more sterile and mainstream commercial offer.

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