At 210 Pentonville Road, HUT reshape a corporate environment to embrace its setting through play of light, reflections and colour. A state-of-the-art building is achieved through careful mending and repairing rather than demolishing or discarding, working to WELL concepts at all scales. Sited in the densely urban context of Kings Cross, London, new drought-resistant planting lines the frontage, greeting visitors with a green backdrop and providing habitat for birds and insects. The previously hidden main entrance is framed by a new feature portal leading into a calm and restful reception area with further planting, a communal water fountain and bespoke soft furnishings. Sheer curtains control glare and views while wall-hung tapestries and textures dampen acoustics. The large, south-facing glazed façade is shaded by both trees and brise soleil, creating an ever-changing pattern of light and shadow within. Views of the sky and its circadian rhythms are brought deep into the floorplates via polished or textured surfaces, and serene blue accents. A glazing treatment is applied to control glare and solar gain, reducing loading on cooling systems and ensuring even illuminance throughout. Qualities of reflection and translucency inspire material selections, always with longevity in mind. Smooth metal and stone finishes are offset against soft, blue-stained timber. Gloss floor tiles are taken away, cleaned and replaced. Bathrooms are elevated, discreet spaces with mirrored artwork and touch-free hardware. Perforated metal panels enclose ceiling voids, allowing the retention of older, unattractive plant equipment with reverberation control. Ceilings are set out to allow flexibility within the structural grid, mitigating future waste through tenant fit-outs. A new commuter block to the rear of the site is also clad in perforated steel and houses robust showers, lockers and drying facilities.
Gardiner & Theobald