The building aims to be more than just a place of work, but a place of interaction where one wants to be – to socialise, to have fun, to exercise and to relax. In addition to outdoor terraces on all of ce oors, Four Kingdom Street has a large communal roof garden with a bar, seating area and sports court where people from the building can come together to unwind. A generous, glazed accommodation stair encourages movement between floors with views over Little Venice and beyond.
Naturally lit WC cores, on-floor showers and high quality communal changing and drying facilities provide for a healthy lifestyle. A spacious reception opens directly onto Kingdom Square and includes meeting rooms, touchdown spaces and a coffee area.
The architecture takes cues from the building’s location on the site of a former railway goods yard with hints of engineering and transportation history found in the honest expression of structural details and mechanical components at a variety of scales both in the facade and interior.
The building has a unitised curtain wall, shaded on its southern elevation with deep, angled sun shades supported by red-oxide painted struts.
The structural steel frame is exposed throughout, services components are revealed and integrated, rougher industrial materials, less often associated with commercial offices, are utilised: all contributing to reveal a personality – an office building with a bit of an edge to it.