83–85 Mansell Street, London
A hugely successful and influential office building on the fringe of
the City of London.
Mansell Street was designed as a speculative commercial scheme, comprising 35,000 sq ft of office accommodation arranged over seven floors using an exposed reinforced concrete frame.
On the Mansell Street frontage the office floors form balconies onto a 25 m high atrium which is clad on three sides and the roof with frameless glazing bolted together; this gives a great open space and a dramatic entrance to the building which can be enjoyed by people inside and out. In a market that demands individuality of office building this glazed skin makes a landmark in the street, as well as serving as a useful energy saving function.
It is a testament to the success of the building that it remains in use, despite the rapid turnover of commercial buildings in and around the City of London. Its cool, modernist architectural language has ensured that it remains timeless and as fresh as when first built over twenty years ago.
“A technological coup de theatre.”
Catherine Slessor, Architectural Review
“Like a draught of pure water.”
Pevsner, The Buildings of England
RIBA National Award 1991
British Steel Award 1991
CSD Minerva Award 1991