One Angel Lane, Nomura European Headquarters

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One Angel Lane, London

Nomura European Headquarters: Office Development UK design by Fletcher Priest Architects

29 Oct 2009

One Angel Lane London

Fletcher Priest’s riverside City of London building completes

Nomura’s new 81,755m2 / 880,000ft2 European Headquarters building in the City, One Angel Lane, is located on the foundations of a redundant 1960’s telephone exchange between the present river embankment and the line of the Roman Wharf.

Higher of two large roof terraces. Sitting areas are integrated into the roofscape to create small private spaces. A rill links the landscape to the river below. It will eventually have a spectacular view of Renzo Piano’s ‘Shard’ tower on the opposite bank:
One Angel Lane
photo : Tim Soar

Six storey timber shading structure of 350mm x 350mm sustainably sourced green European Oak shades the building while allowing uninterrupted views through the floor to ceiling glazing.
One Angel Lane London
photo : Richard Davies

Major elements of the riverside elevation are six storey timer shading structure, twelve storey triple skinned South elevation, and five storey carbon neutral building with its responsive timber louvres, to define and animate the public spaces.
Watermark Place
photo : Richard Davies

Eastern façade is clad in ceramic dot-matrix glass generated from pixilated images of river surface. Vertical recess marks one of two balconies on East elevation.
Watermark Place London
photo : Tim Soar

Six and twelve storey internal spaces bring light deep into the building and give clear views across new Southwest facing public space to river.
Nomura Office Development
photo : Tim Soar

Massive inclined columns distribute structural loads to existing hard spots in the original basement. A pedestrianised Angel Way extends below the buildings to create a covered link to the riverside bar, restaurant and walkway. Orange glass marks the doors to the reception.
Nomura Office London
photo : Tim Soar

River frontage of Watermark Place viewed from the replica of the Golden Hind on the south bank of the Thames.
Nomura London
photo : Tim Soar

The Southwest square links to a pedestrianised Angel Way and an extended Riverside Walk, and combines to form the largest riverside public space between the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London.
Nomura Office
photo : Tim Soar

Shared materials and floor levels that fall with Angel Way. Reception is a visual extension of pedestrianised public space. A single palette of materials is extended to internal common spaces.
Nomura Headquarters
photo : Tim Soar

Timber shade structure reflected in full height South facing glazing overlooking the river.
One Angel Lane Building
photo : Richard Davies

This context is a key architectural generator and also allows the creation of new riverside pedestrian areas and roof terraces with spectacular London vistas. Public space has been more than doubled.

The scheme is projected to use half the energy of benchmark office projects with a 40% CO2 reduction and the Southeast element of the building is predicted to be carbon neutral in operation in peak conditions when coupled with the roof top photovoltaic array.

One Angel Lane – Building Information

Client: Oxford Properties / UBS
Development Manager: CORE
Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
Structural + Services Engineer: Waterman Group
Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership

Fletcher Priest’s London studio have designed headquarters projects for Vodafone, Sony and IBM Software Laboratories. Urban design projects
include Broadgate/Bishopsgate, Stratford City and Riga’s Tornakalns.

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