Hopkins Architects
Hopkins Architects

Multi-awarded practice, Hopkins Architects have helped pioneer British architecture since its founding by Sir Michael Hopkins in 1976. With Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw, Hopkins was one of the leading figures in the introduction of high-tech architecture into Britain. It is now led by six Senior Partners and it's based in London, having completed projects throughout the world. Deeply-rooted architectural, environmental and social convictions guide its designs.

The practice is known for its attention to detail, innovative approach to construction, honest expression of materials and its energy-efficient designs. Its first building outside of the United Kingdom was the headquarters for GEK in Athens in 2003, followed by Tokyo's Shin-Marunouchi Tower in 2007. It has now designed buildings on four continents, with projects completed or under development in the UK, the US, Italy, Greece, Turkey, India, Japan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The founders were awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal in 1994 and Michael Hopkins was awarded the CBE and knighted for services to architecture. The Royal Gold Medal citation describes the Hopkins' work as "not only a matter of exploiting technology to build beautifully, nor simply of accommodating difficult and changing tasks in the most elegant way, but above all of capturing in stone and transmitting in bronze the finest aspirations of our age"; praising their contribution to the debate about the "delicate relationship between modernity and tradition". Also adding "For Hopkins, progress is no longer a break with the past but rather an act of continuity where he deftly and intelligently integrates traditional elements such as stone and wood, with advanced and environmentally responsible technology."

100 Liverpool Street

100 Liverpool Street

A new energy to the existing outdated building with a dynamic renovated identity thanks to a new curving high performance façade

Project Specs

  • Location: London
  • Contractor: Sir Robert Mc Alpine
  • Year of completion: 2020
  • PH: Jack Hobhouse Photographer
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Technology

100 Liverpool Street

Systems:

Insulated double glazed unitised curtain walling with alumiunium fins

Process

Designed by

Hopkins Architects

The project has given new energy to the existing outdated building, stripping it back to its structural frame and providing it with a dynamic new identity thanks to a new curving façade and revamped public realm.

At the building's heart there is a dramatic elliptical atrium surrounded by flexible office accommodation on bright, well-organized floor plates. Three new floors have been created at the top of the building, set back to allow for planted terraces and outdoor amenity space.

The ninth floor has the option to include a new restaurant with a large accompanying terrace featuring amazing views out over the City. Three new efficient cores serve the office levels; they have been designed for maximum flexibility and are able to accommodate single occupier or multiple tenancies. The scheme also includes a number of high quality retail units on the lower ground, ground and first floors that will accommodate a variety of tenants. The building features an array of sustainable features that complement the significantly reduced carbon footprint associated with the reuse of the structural frame; it is expected to receive a BREEAM Excellent rating. It includes high-efficiency building systems, the re-engineering of the existing structural frame, photovoltaic panels and outdoor-planted areas on the upper terraces. Additionally, a significant cycle storage facility is included along with a shower and changing facility.
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