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Turnmill, Clerkenwell

Street presence, solidity and verve

Credit: Al Crow

Piercy & Company for Derwent London

Construction value: Undisclosed

GIA: 9,032 m2


Turnmill is an office and retail corner building that skilfully responds to the character of Clerkenwell’s building fabric, with an outstanding brick facade. The architect has used three subtle tones of handmade brick, with a range of special moulds fabricated to make the curved and angled bricks for the complex geometry of the plan.

The window reveals are deep and chamfered on plan, fanning out from the centre of the office floors, helping to create a more vertical fenestration pattern and adding further articulation. The warmth and tactility of this facade has an endearing quality with a sense of movement, which extends into the interior.  

  • Credit: Al Crow
  • Credit: Al Crow
  • Credit: Al Crow
  • Credit: Al Crow

The refined and careful approach to materiality and formal massing in two angled sections have created a building with street presence, solidity and verve. It is distinctly superior to other commercial speculative office buildings.

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