Linking two bustling central London office spaces in a way that encourages interconnectivity and collaborative working, this beautiful, light-filled atrium really pushed the boundaries of structural glazing back in 2015.
Utilising 3D design and high-performance glazing, the new atrium marries high technology and neoclassicalisms in a ground-breaking and visually stunning design. In order to ensure some privacy in one of the busiest areas of town, Cantifix worked closely with the architect on an ethereal solution of upmost elegance.
Baker Street was one of the first projects to use 3D modelling, years before it became industry standard, so was a huge learning experience for us and gave us the expertise to take on more complicated design challenges, including the bespoke roof at Senate House and our range of moving rooflights for Battersea Power Station.
The roof had to allow for differential movement between the two buildings, increasing the already substantial engineering challenge of a rooflight at 13.m x 22.5m formed of over 200m² of glass – 48 individual panels that each had a unique shape.
Finally, the project was a huge logistic challenge. The site, on Baker Street, in the heart of Central London, was tight and access was difficult. There was very little tolerance for over-running, as road closures in this area are hugely expensive and must be booked months in advance.
With glass walls on each level set at different planes, every step taken through the building promises a completely different aspect. Our glazing caps a truly dynamic space that encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving through increased opportunities for cross-departmental working and collaboration.