13 Fitzroy Street,  London

Sheppard Robson
Date Built
1960s - refurbished 2005
This office building, built in the 1960, was dramatically refurbished in 2005 by Sheppard Robson as part of a masterplan to create a new campus for Arup, bringing their complex of offices into close proximity in Fitzrovia.  Sheppard Robson say of the project that, "... The brief was to provide Arup with a campus that would link disparate buildings and provide both a striking modern image for Arup and flexible and efficient office space. The buildings had to be capable of being sub-let into a number of tenancies, ....

... whilst meeting industry standards for office accommodation within the limits imposed by the floor-to-floor constraints of the existing building fabric. The design had to encompass sustainability - a showcase building befitting one of the most modern and innovative engineering practices in the world"

I suppose that what appears to be a large insect on the side of the building is in fact part of, "... A mixed-mode passive and displacement cooled building (that) was designed to maximise user control and comfort, whilst encouraging social and working interaction between groups."