Case study: North House: The creation of new offices from two adjoining buildings North House, 27 Great Peter Street, London
Creating a modern interior from two listed buildings
These two adjoining Grade II listed buildings were required to be joined to create new offices for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, amongst other tenants. The brief was to create a calm “zen-like” environment. A core part of achieving this has been the use of shot-peened stainless steel for all architectural metalworks, services, lighting and accessories which created a highly cohesive, contemporary and calm environment.
John Desmond Ltd were selected to fabricate the metalworks by Gordon Talbot of Ian Ritchie Architects who says “Because of the pared back design scheme, it is even more crucial that all fixtures are of the highest quality and finish as they are very much on show, with nothing else to distract the eye. John Desmond’s designers work with us to manifest our designs into fabrications that have the quality of finish we demand”
Handrail incorporating water feature
Rather than it being separate the architect designed a water feature incorporated into the handrail for the steps descending into the courtyard. This travels along an inset stainless steel rill, culminating in a small triangular reservoir and dam.
In addition to the architectural metalworks, contemporary styled planters were fabricated for the courtyard area, continuing the simplicity of materials used.
Planter fabricated from shot-peened stainless steel.
All the furniture was designed by the architect and fabricated by John Desmond with shot-peened stainless steel legs and either white glass or white laminate tops. These furniture designs are available to purchase with the option of PVD coated coloured stainless steel legs and base.
All John Desmond’s stainless steel fabrication can be created in coloured stainless steel using PVD coating.
North House won the following awards:
3R Awards Listed Buildings / Structures – National Winner (2011)
BCO London and South East Award – under 2000m2 category (2011)
RIAI Award (2011)