Office Architect of the Year
Piercy&Company has been named BD's Office Architect of the Year 2018. The award recognises our work across the sector; from new builds, to refurbishments, co-working, and occupier fit-outs.
The judging considered a cross section of our completed and in-progress office projects: The Copyright Building and 25 Savile Row, both for Derwent London; and Spring Place and Princelet Street, both for Brockton Capital/Fora. Common across these diverse projects is an engagement with the current shift in the types of spaces people want to work in; embracing a blurring of the once separate realms of home and work - of the informal and the formal.
The projects demonstrate the way we approach office buildings in terms of their civic role, of opening-up the ground plane to the city. At The Copyright Building, we lifted the office use to the first floor and created dual aspect ground floor retail/restaurant units which breathed life back into the street. Our co-working schemes - Princelet Street and Spring Place - engage with the civic through ground plane activation and a spatial programme that opens out and encourages the public in.
Wellbeing and user experience were also considered by the judges who looked at the ways we work with natural daylight, connecting to external environments through natural ventilation and outdoor spaces, and creating flow and connections within the office space. Key examples were 25 Savile Row and Princelet Street, where creating atriums with open stairs has transformed the work spaces by encouraging circulation and interdepartmental communication, increasing activity levels and drawing daylight deep into the plan.
We thank all our clients, consultants, fabricators and contractors without whom drawings would remain drawings.
The shortlist for Office Architect of the Year was AHMM, BDP, Cartwright Pickard, Emrys Architects, Gensler, LOM and Tate Hindle.