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Rolfe Judd’s landmark redevelopment of the former De Beers headquarters on Holborn Circus, providing a new contemporary office building of approximately.23,500 sq.m.
The scheme comprises a 12-storey building, including three basement levels, with retail at ground level and a new landscaped public space facing on to Holborn Circus. The prominent nature and location of the site gives it a ‘landmark’ status; this provided a rare design opportunity to create a positive statement, marking a ‘gatehouse’ to the City of London.
The building has a distinctive sculptural quality, loosely based on the concept of a washed pebble, with smooth rounded edges interrupted by sharp, asymmetric, crystalline inclusions. The site can be viewed from a wide variety of angles and distances and each viewpoint has a deliberately unique treatment, from the sharper, flatter and more regular and imposing façade to Charterhouse Street and Shoe Lane to the deeper, more rounded and irregular sweeping frontage to Holborn Circus and Holborn Viaduct.
Client: Castlemore Securities
LPA: City of London
Architect: Rolfe Judd Architecture