London Wall Place | Make Architects

Layers of site history permeate through contemporary design at London Wall Place

London Wall Place is a premium office scheme which replaces a 1950s podium and vacant tower with two landmark buildings. The original urban grain of the area will be reinstated, reconnecting this key section of London Wall with the life of the City of London and its wider context and enhancing the relationship between the existing historic structures.

A dual approach was adopted as a starting point – designing from both the outside in, and the inside out. A detailed study of the complex, multi-layered context of the site was combined with careful consideration of the quality of the environment for the building’s users.

Designed to accommodate constantly changing tenant needs and future environmental challenges, the buildings are easily reconfigurable. The highly flexible design takes the long term evolution of the structure into consideration and demonstrates true sustainability by minimising the disruptive impact of continual urban renewal.

The rich history of the site is visibly expressed in the layers of materials used in the buildings. The flint that forms the foundation layer of the area’s historic structures was a key influence in the architectural approach and is used as the conceptual response for the facade treatment.

Over half of the site is dedicated to open space, creating a new destination for the area and a vibrant public place with a strong local identity. The visual permeability of the site will be enhanced and access into the heart of the development improved to foster legibility and integration.

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