A short walk from Shakespeare’s Globe and the Shard, this area is frequently divided by historic and contemporary perspectives, and uniting them creatively is justifiably celebrated.
The street’s name derives from the union of two once divided boroughs. LPA’s client; a travel, PR and media company, are split across two sites. The buildings most significant neighbour is a towering Church with a spectacular round window, famed for its recent and radical union of Catholics and Anglicans for the Eucharist. From one of the two approaches to the client’s building, it would have acted as a barrier to the church, rendering its grand historic neighbour completely invisible. The site-specific-story therefore defined the need to bridge two elements, uniting two halves, using the circle (window) to represent the whole. LPA designed a means to penetrate the natural massing of the client’s building creating a semi-circular void of curved glazed brick, a ‘visual bridge’ that unites two otherwise divided views and locations, framing the Church’s round window. The clients distinctive building, containing; expansive studios, offices, apartments and gardened roof terrace, now emphatically conveys the client’s capacity for creative connectivity and for providing focused and effective channels of communication.