The property developer British Land was the client for this project. They had appointed the architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris for the refurbishment of 1FA, a new retail, leisure and co-working space at 1 Finsbury Avenue in Broadgate, London. Their ambition was to establish a public route through the building, connecting Wilson Street with the Broadgate neighbourhood. I’ve worked with AHMM on many projects and they suggested me for this project to British Land.
A new atrium with floor dimensions for a café had been proposed, and I was asked to respond to the new space and café into my proposals. They requested that I look at the entire space and the journey from outside the building through the space, bringing the walls into it as well.
So that’s what I did – I responded to the space and thought carefully about how it could be occupied. I was born in London and Broadgate is in the heart of the city, so my knowledge of the city came into play. I wanted to make a brave piece, something that came from me and that I totally believed in. I did initial conceptual sketches and the response was an immediate ‘yes’ from British Land. I was overjoyed.
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