Using the existing foundations, our team of architects and engineers got the project moving quickly. They designed the building as a simplified Chinese puzzle, with six large-scale interlocking cubic forms that rise up as a series of garden terraces.
We collaborated with light sculptors and artists right from the beginning of the project too, helping to shape what would become a unique space in the City of London, on the inside and out.
“Its ability to help occupiers reduce both operational costs and their environmental impact is combined with a great range of floor-plates and a high level of specification to meet operational needs.”
PAUL BURGESS, HEAD OF LONDON LEASING AT BRITISH LAND
Glass buildings are rarely as sustainable as they are beautiful, but Ropemaker Place is the exception. Our team created a bespoke tilting system for the façade, which reduces the energy needed to cool by 27%. Bringing to bear our full range of skills resulted in an efficient, positive contribution to sustainable office futures.
Inside, we designed large, fully customisable office spaces with plenty of natural light, ideally suited to financial services clients. Away from their desks biodiverse roof terraces offer workers peaceful places to take time out, hold informal meetings or just feel part of the City.
Positioned between Moorgate and Islington, Ropemaker Place is in the middle of two very different environments. Our design takes this into account – at the City side, the glass façade creates a grand entrance, while on the northern front, the peaceful gardens can be seen from miles around.
We also carefully considered the movement and position of the sun, creating facades with interesting reflections and shadows. And to minimise the appearance of the largest surfaces, we used protruding windows in an overlaid pattern to break up the space.
“A tour de force of high-quality design, innovative construction and super energy credentials puts Ropemaker Place at the forefront of urban office building for the future.”
JUDGE’S COMMENTS, BRITISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AWARDS
Opened in 2009 at the height of one of the worst financial crises in living memory, all 55,000 square meters of Ropemaker Place were let on completion. Why? Because it’s a building that’s genuinely designed around people – the workers who use it everyday, the companies who rent the offices and the client who commissioned it.
large, fully customisable office spaces with plenty of natural light
Client: The British Land Company PLC
Architecture & Engineering: Arup Associates
Completion Date: May 2009
Arup Specialist: Facades, Fire
Sustainable Ratings: BREEAM Excellent, LEED Gold (pre-construction)
27% reduced energy consumption for cooling, compared with a flat facade.
15 - 20% of buildings energy demand provided by on-site renewables.
24% of construction materials from recycled sources
33% Carbon reduction on building regulations
2011 World Architecture News, Shortlisted, Commercial Category
2010 British Construction Industry Awards, Major Building of the Year
Mitsubishi, Property Week Deal of the Year
2010 Association of Interior Specialists Awards, Gold Award, Interior Fitout Category
2010 World Architecture Awards, Shortlisted, Office Category