Client Tindall Overseas
Location London, UK
Allied Irish Bank is a two-storey office building of 13,000 square feet, which sympathetically connects a former railway cutting to a busy main road. The design layout was influenced by the constraints of the existing sloping site and poor access from the adjoining road. As a result, the backland development consists of an extruded form to reflect the linear nature of the railway with a large spanning structure to avoid an existing tunnel and original railway structure.
A striking glass atrium in the heart of the building transgresses the awkward level changes and admits as much natural light as possible to counter the shadows cast by the tall surrounding buildings. The external finishes are well considered with a white render wall and a zinc coated aluminium roof. The windows continue the horizontal emphasis, punctuated by glazed boxes subtly protruding from the façade.