A roof made from a shimmering copper-bronze alloy is an unusual feature on top of an extension to a pair of Georgian townhouses in London, which is now a corporate headquarters.
UK-based Emrys Architects was asked by property management firm GMS Estates to modernise and extend its offices, which occupy two former residential properties in Bloomsbury.
The GMS brief was to identify ways of better utilising the property within the constraints of the existing listed buildings.
It required the facilities in Great James Street to be a headquarters and combine tradition and modernity.
The architects installed a new two-storey structure at the rear of the buildings to create additional rooms and improve connections between existing workspaces.
“The client wished to break out from the confined spaces of the Georgian terrace to allow easier communication between each other whilst retaining some delineation between departments,” explained the architects.
“Our solution was to retain and enhance the grandeur of the terrace and to introduce an entirely new structure in the tight land-locked space to the rear to create a dramatic transition from old to the new.
“We took the existing heights of key points around the perimeter and used this for inspiration for an unusual triangulated roof form.”