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55 Baker Street

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55 Baker Street

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Make Architects
Make Architects
Make Architects is an architectural practice based in the United Kingdom founded by Ken Shuttleworth. They have offices in London, Birmingham, Beijing, Hong Kong and registered offices in the Middle East. The practice is currently engaged in projects worldwide ranging from high rise offices to urban masterplans, residential and office developments, civic buildings, private and social housing, education buildings and interior design. In 2012 Make was ranked 46th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For category. They were also awarded Practice of the Year - South East and London by the Architects' Journal at the AJ100 Awards.
55 Baker Street

55 Baker Street

The distinctive sculptural effect of the building’s exterior is carried through into the design of the interior

Project Specs

  • Location: London
  • Completed: 2008
  • Contractor: H.B.G.
  • Photographer: Charlotte Wood
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Technology

55 Baker Street

SYSTEMS

Unitised façade

Stick curtain walling system

Featuring elements

Designed by

Make Architects

The transformation of the building is dramatically expressed by the central glazed section which encloses a spectacular seven-storey atrium, accessed directly from street level and open to the public.

The ground floor of the building has been entirely re-clad and devoted to retail units, cafes and restaurants serving the area’s residents, business employees and shoppers.

There is a swimming pool and gym in the basement open to members. The distinctive sculptural effect of the building’s exterior is carried through into the design of the interior, where the straight lines and flat planes of the existing structure are contrasted with the folded planes and faceting of the new designs.

Dramatically modelled transfer beams, engineered using bridge-building technology, free internal spaces from supporting columns and create sculptural elements within the buildings reception area. The interior also features a range of purpose-designed furniture and fittings, including bespoke door handles and furnishing fabrics. At the rear of the building, a new development of twenty-three houses adds to the existing mews housing of Rodmarton Street.Affordable, key worker and private accommodation is offered by a varied arrangement of housing which reinterprets the traditional mews philoso-phy and is built in stack-bonded brick with contrasting painted metal window frames, balustrades and doors. The scheme has been designed to minimise environmental impact and optimise energy efficiency and will achieve a BREEAM rating of “Excellent”. A system of chilled beams is employed throughout office areas as part of a completely integrated approach to energy use. On site work began in March 2005 with internal strip out and partial demotion of the existing building, and the scheme obtained planning approval in December of the same year. Completion of the entire building was in the winter of 2008.

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