Glazed Rooftop: Refurbishment and Extension of a Derelict Property
The project is located on a triangular site where King’s Cross Road and Pentonville Road meet. The council, client and design team recognised the opportunity to deliver a project that not only created high-quality office space but also made a significant architectural addition to this prime site and busy surrounding area. Responding to this, HÛT created a glass-clad rooftop pavilion formed from a highly reflective material (supplied by IQ Glass) that follows a faceted curve. The 6,200 sq ft project has four floors of office space above two levels designed for a restaurant tenant.
Location: Pentonville Road, London, UK
The structure and materiality on the rooftop addition have been designed to create a surface that changes appearance depending on the angle it is viewed from, animating views of the building. At night, the rooftop structure adds a sense of drama, with curved coffer lighting illuminating the interior and engaging passers-by.
Andrew Whiting, director at HÛT, said: “For a building occupying such a prominent site, it had very little street presence and we saw this project as an opportunity to redefine the building’s relationship to its surroundings whilst creating high-quality office space. The architectural presence of the rooftop pavilion re-brands a building that previously lacked any kind of distinct identity. The addition of the economic glazed rooftop structure has really helped generate interest in the development and has played a major part in the building achieving impressive rental rates.”
The brick skin of the existing building was retained whilst all internal spaces were totally re-structured and a new steel frame for the building was inserted. This allowed for a new internal layout, which included a new core, creating the largest possible floorplates whilst still preserving high-quality circulation spaces. The existing neglected basement was converted into usable space and linked to the ground floor restaurant unit, creating 800 sq ft of additional space.