A new entrance closer to the street
Featuring a repetitive deep-set window design considered to be a key element of the facade, the building’s granite clad exterior has been retained. A dark and extensive undercroft, which dominated the original entrance, has been enclosed and extends the building’s ground floor. As well as bringing a new entrance closer to the street, this also doubles the size of the reception and creates dedicated space for bike storage, lockers and shower facilities.
Using a refined palette of materials to create an impact
The interior has undergone a dramatic transformation with a redesign of the reception and communal areas, and a Cat A refurbishment to the six office floors above. Designed to create an impact from the street, the reception features an eye-catching scheme using lines of recessed strip lights which run elegantly along walls and across ceilings in unexpected angles. A restrained black and white colour scheme is complimented by a refined palette of materials including aluminium mesh, Corian and copper. Striking black linear lights and window reveals add character to office floors and enhance the building’s aspect from outside. Creating a strong brand for the overhauled building was a critical element of the design brief; Irongate celebrates its new identity boldly with the addition of illuminated signage placed either behind or over black mesh panels.