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Queen Victoria Street


An extremely complex remodelling of a 1980’s concrete frame office building close to the constraint  of St Pauls Cathedral in the City of London and constructed over the platforms of Mansion House underground station.


The property is located in the City of London in close proximity to the western boundary of the neighbouring Queen Street Conservation Area.
The architectural composition is designed in harmony with the character of the adjoining Queen Street Conservation Area, using modern interpretations of traditional materials, window hierarchy and features that will add diversity and landmark to the site.
The scheme design has been informed by the architectural heritage of the area and the classical buildings that once occupied the site.
From the outset, the proposal has been conceived to improve the efficiency of the existing building and its visual appearance.
Through its concept, the Queen Victoria Street, Great Trinity Lane and Little Trinity Lane elevations have an expressed horizontal and vertical rhythm that rise elegantly from their base which integrates into the established street pattern, whilst the receding form of the proposed 8th floor pavilion creates a defined and well proportioned top to the remodelled property.
The proposal’s objectives are to create a modern, elegant building that respects and enhances the setting of this important City location whilst reinforcing the importance of this large commercial office building.
The modern intervention of the remodelled 71 QVS will act as a visual and physical conduit between the varied scale and character of the neighbouring properties and surrounding streets and its setting particularly between the smaller scale elements fronting Garlick Hill and Great St Thomas Apostle.
The hierarchy in the depth of the external surfaces places an important variety into each remodelled elevation which change in character to respond to their context as they elegantly rise from the lightweight glazed base of the lower levels into the beautifully curved profile of the middle element which adopts an expression of regularised glazed apertures of that reflect the weight and character of the classical buildings within the adjoining conservation area.
As the building rises the form and mass of the 8th floor pavilion recedes into the depth of the site and the elevation treatment responds with a palette of lighter materials.