8 St James’s Square, the new office building designed by Eric Parry Architects for Green Property, is now completed, delivering 65,500 sq ft. office space over eight floors in the heart of Westminster.
The site is located within St James’s Conservation Area and occupies a section of the northeast side of the square adjacent to No.7, designed by the renowned English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Eric Parry Architects’ multi-layered building responds to the spirit of the place and the surrounding buildings while providing one of London’s finest squares with a contemporary building that mediates between square, street and the rear yard.
Drawing inspiration from the history of the legendary Gentlemen’s Clubs that still surround St James’s Square, and maintain the exclusive character of the area, the internal atmosphere features a sophisticated material palette and a unique furniture selection including bespoke furnishings.
Different levels of privacy are regulated by two distinctive types of window panels acting like screens to control the visual access to the reception area from the street, while a flexible furniture arrangement allows the spaces to be used in a variety of ways.
“The project has required a thorough approach, taking into consideration the challenges imposed by the site as well as the richness in the heritage of the area. These informed our design for the architecture and the interiors, as well as the choice of Stephen Cox to carry out the sculptural commission in commemoration of Sir Lutyens and his connection with this special part of Westminster,” explained Eric Parry, Principal at Eric Parry Architects.