The Buckley Building in London, was a factory in the Thirties and has recently been renovated by architects Buckley GrayYeoman and converted into prestigious offices for some of the main English multinational companies, among these also Derwent London, developer of this Real Estate project.
The historic district of Islington is the part of London most coveted by creative artists, stylists and designers, full of fashion stores and trendy establishments, so it is no surprise that some of the main English multinationals have chosen to locate their communication units there.
Clerkenwell Green lies right at the centre of this lively community, unique of its kind, dominated by the austere profile of The Buckley Building, which was a factory in the Thirties and has recently been renovated and converted for the prestigious offices of leading international brands.
The 7,910 sqm of perfectly restored spaces are distributed inside a sophisticated building that is completely environmentally sustainable, culminating in a spectacular terrace from which the breathtaking panorama of the London rooftops can be admired.
Developer Derwent London pre-let part of the building and the rest of the building was let after completion: the two lower floors are occupied by the renowned restaurant Granger & Co., while the offices located on the four floors above are let to Unilever, Hill+Knowlton, Tipp24 and Deloitte Digital.
The architectural design by architects Buckley GrayYeoman emphasized the original features of this jewel of industrial archeology. The facade details display alternating white bands of plaster and exposed brick walls, punctuated by classic Crittal windows with accentuated vertical dimensions.
The interior architecture plays a decisive role, due to the quality of the technological equipment – absolutely at the cutting edge – and especially the very high aesthetic content of the spaces, the selection of which was based on a limited palette of ‘raw” materials, deployed with great refinement.
From the polished concrete floors, pillars and walls rise up made of rust-coloured bricks, typical of English industrial construction, while simple steel columns painted black break up the wide open spaces, bathed in the clear light that streams through the large windows.
In this little paradise of contemporary Brit-style, a well-known Italian company has also been at work. All the interior partitions in steel were made and installed by Marzorati Ronchetti, the world leader in customized metal processing.
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The most characteristic area of this delightful construction is, without doubt, the reception. The wax-finished, black iron wall panels create a background in various shades of mottled grey that softly diffuses the national light without resorting to reflective surfaces. A rare example of Italian style in the heart of the City (installed by Marzorati Ronchetti).