20 Gresham Street is a 325,000 sq.ft, eight storey office development located diagonally opposite the City of London’s Guildhall; ideally situated to provide new upmarket office space for the financial sector. The rejuvenation of 20 Gresham Street, commissioned by Hermes Property Unit Trust and City Office Real Estate, marks a significant transformation in the redevelopment of the area. The Architects, Kohn Anderson Fox, have ensured that the building retains its traditional external features whilst the interiors have been fitted out to a category ‘A’ standard with modern, contemporary features seen throughout.
Two revolving doors mark the transition from a bustling city street into a quiet interior environment. The doors are placed on the apex of the corner to introduce a degree of solidity, framing the view into the entrance and revealing back-painted burgundy coloured glass panels that are repeated on the journey through the building. Inside, a double-height cathedral-like entrance space is lined with a sculpted travertine wall and a monumental reception desk, creating an environment that is more reminiscent of an art gallery than an office lobby.
An atrium is located behind the central core and extends from the third floor to the roof. Its balconies animate the area and its base can be occupied as office space. External pre-cast composite columns form part of the external elevation. Upon entering the first and second floors, the benefits of these forms are evident. 30,000-square-foot floor plates have only seven internal columns and 18-meter spans, accentuating the sense of unimpeded space and allowing for flexible floor plates to support multi-tenancy occupation.