Hot on the heels of their demi-donut, MAKE Architects have designed this swish new office block with a rippling glass frontage to stand opposite the Monument, on the site of the dilapidated 11–19 Monument Street in the City of London.
The building will contain not only office space, but also a visitor center for the Monument and spectacular public roof gardens that will create a large open space exposed to the elements.
At night, the façade has will light up, providing an architectural backdrop, and to illuminate Monument Yard in the place of street-lights, creating a more visitor friendly area.
The building won’t be glass all round. Mindful of the area at large MAKE have designed the sides, such as those facing Fish Street Hill, to be clad in the traditional London favourite of Portland Stone, so as to fit in better with the surrounding context and provide simpler views looking towards the Monument.
The only variation is the view along Eastcheap, which will reveal a spectacular glass stairwell hewn into the stone sides of the development. All in all, it should provide a spectacular addition to the rather forgotten area around the Monument and another jewel in the modern architectural crown of London.
By James Newman