Welcome addition, a destination point instead of simply a service area
Make Architects for The Crown Estate / Oxford Properties
Contract value: Confidential,
The brief was to transform a poor-quality environment directly south of Piccadilly Circus into a world-class destination with high-quality offices, comprising two new office and retail buildings, one behind a retained facade.
The architect has created a small public space between the existing listed building and a new office block. The opened-up space on the ground level appears as a repair to the fabric of the four narrow streets joining at the point where the open space has been created. The juxtaposition of the two buildings, together with a new square, forms a welcome addition, a destination point instead of an area which is used simply to service the buildings in the centre of London.