Architects: AHMM (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)
Awards include: RIBA Award for Architecture 2011, RIBA Stirling Prize: Shortlist 2011, British Council of Offices Award: Refurbished & Recycled Workspace 2011, Regeneration & Renewal Award: Design Excellence 2011
Audio-described architecture tour for Open House London 2013 led by VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans with Steve Smith from AHMM Architects.
The Angel Building is the re-invention of an unloved early 1980’s commercial building located in bustling Islington where City Road and St John Street meet Pentonville Road and Islington High Street.
This is the latest in a series of collaborative projects between AHMM Architects and Derwent London which has included; Morelands on Old Street (home to AHMM’s offices), Tea Building in Shoreditch, The Johnson Building in Hatton Garden (audio-described architecture tour 2009), and Horseferry House in Westminster (HQ of fashion chain Burberry) – all of which are successful reinventions of existing buildings.
At The Angel Building a highly energy-efficient glazed skin has been wrapped around the existing concrete frame of the 1980’s building increasing the footprint at certain points to create a better fit with the surrounding street layout. An open courtyard has been enclosed to form an internal, top-lit public room entered off St John Street which acts as the heart of the building.
Café culture inhabits the St John Street side of The Angel Building with the introduction of restaurants such as Jamie’s Italian, along with public seating areas set around existing mature trees.
A series of artists were commissioned to collaborate on the development of the Angel building including graphic designer David Hillman who developed a bespoke font for the building signage; Teresita Fernandez, a New York artist whose piece forms an entire wall in the entrance hall; and Ian McChesney, an architect who designed a unique sculpture for the main atrium space. Informed by the shape created when a spoon is lifted out of a tin of treacle, the elegantly tapered 25m high carbon fibre structure acts as a counterpoint to the concrete grid of the atrium, as well as provide a comfortable seat for guests.