55 Baker Street, London

Date Built
Re-opened 2008; built originally in the 1950s 
Baker Street and Blandford Street
This building on Baker Street was once the head office of Marks and Spencer, prior to its move to the Paddington Basin.  Apparently, the original plan was to demolish the building but instead MAKE Architects were commissioned to design what they describe as a, "... radical renovation" that would transform the site into, "... an important new urban amenity. While providing an exceptional range of flexible and highly efficient office spaces, the scheme enhances activity at street level by offering an enriched mix of uses and introducing a substantial new public space to the streetscape."  They add that, "The transformation of the building is dramatically expressed by three glass infills or ‘masks’ which span the voids between the existing blocks to create a unified but modulated new facade. The central glazed section encloses a seven-storey atrium accessed directly from street level."

The ground floor has been entirely re-clad and is home to retail units, cafes and restaurants.

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