Sea Containers House
347,500 sq ft
New Build, Refurbishment
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The iconic Sea Containers House, originally designed in the 1970s, suffered from an extremely dated exterior and interior appearance. Its low floor to ceiling heights and compromised structure creating gloomy, inefficient spaces that failed to celebrate the spectacular views out.
The client's brief was to re-imagine how this large riverfront building of great presence could be upgraded to create a vibrant, mixed-use building, appealing to modern occupiers.
The landmark building has been transformed into a mixed-use scheme; the new main entrance is now celebrated with a landscaped public space and triple height frameless glass facade. Behind this a double height entrance hall in turn leads to the dual entrance point on the River Walk. This sequence of spaces and their transparency ensures legibility of entry from a visitor's perspective and visual permeability from one side of the building to the other.
The building suffered from a complex hybrid concrete & steel structural frame and very low domestic-like floor-to-floor heights on the upper floor levels. Existing perimeter structural fin walls and internal nib walls have been removed and a new structure introduced to open up the office floor plate and compliment the views out.
A new office building has also been constructed on part of the site that was previously used as a service yard and car park; a primary challenge was to relate this new building to the existing building and the surrounding context whilst incorporating the latest thinking in modern office design. The speculative eight-storey space has been fully let to occupiers with varying needs prior to completion, highlighting the flexibility of the space.
The building has been upgraded into a true vibrant, mixed-use space; with enhancements extending to the wider public realm and the continued success of the Southbank.