Angel Building

  • 24
  • Sep

Angel Building is the reinvention of an unloved early 1980s commercial building located in the historic district of Clerkenwell. Commissioned by Derwent London and designed by award-winning architects AHMM, the building was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2011.

The fully refurbished building now sits more comfortably within its immediate context and has been a catalyst for regeneration in the area.

On St. John Street and Pentonville Road, a newly landscaped public realm is set around existing mature trees. The introduction of shops and restaurants brings activity to this important frontage in the heart of Islington.

The existing concrete frame has been reused and wrapped with a highly energy-efficient glass and steel skin. The new glazing utilises oversized curtain walling, with 3-metre wide openable windows, so minimising air-conditioning and allowing people to control their own environment.

Internally, a forgotten service courtyard has been transformed into grand top-lit public atrium, offering a variety of spaces to convene, dine and relax, with a striking 6-storey high sculpture by Ian McChesney as the centerpiece. Sky terraces on the top floor can be enjoyed by all occupants, offering stunning 360-degree views of London.

Angel Building has won many awards (RIBA, BCO, New London Award, AIA, 3RAwards, Concrete Society and a Civic Trust commendation, BCO Test of Time award) and was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2011.

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