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1 Grafton Street

The refurbishment of 1 Grafton Street repositions the existing building as a Prime Mayfair commercial property for the owner Pembroke.

The sensitive refurbishment focuses on creating a more elegant and prominent street presence for the building through the sympathetic renovation of the ground level shopfronts and rationalization of the building curtilage with the addition of elegant planters, ornate metalwork, and a reorganized entrance sequence which increases legibility and grounds the building with a stately elegance.

The context of the existing Edwardian facades provided a framework for us to develop a design language which focuses on architectural craft and the use of refined materials to accentuate the existing façade’s beautiful detailing.

The office reception was similarly reconfigured and refurbished to increase its stature and create an elegant gateway into the building.

Drawing on the attention to detail and craft used externally, the internals rely on a subtle palate of timber finishes with brass and bronze metal flourishes against the gauzy grey backdrop of the refurbished existing Basalt Limestone floor. The lifts have similarly been refurbished with a lavish bronze textured metal creating a warm cocoon which transports tenants to their destination.

1 Grafton Street Reception

The building’s amenity has been further improved through the reconfiguration of a portion of the existing lower ground level and basement retail and gallery units, freeing up valuable space in the basement to improve the office tenant end of trip amenity while increasing the galleries frontage at ground level. The new basement space provides a large new cycle park as well as new shower and changing facilities which have been finished to a high specification.

1 Grafton Street Gallery

This project is an extraordinary example of how subtle but poignant changes to a building can maximize its value to both tenants and the client and create elegant and healthy spaces for the building users.

Client: Pembroke

Photography: Tom Green Photography

Contact: Eric Smith

January 2022