Friday, September 22, 2017

Broadgate Circle

Broadgate Circle, Exchange House, Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London
Broadgate Circle, Exchange House, Exchange Square
Broadgate, City of London
London, September 2016

“As a highly regarded urban space, the recent alterations to the Circle have been proposed with a clear and concise rationale. The changes have dramatically enhanced the amenity and civic provision, whilst celebrating the original qualities of the Circle. The Circle is one of the best examples of the travertine use in the UK. The architectural detail and workmanship of the stone with interfacing materials is exemplary. Bronze anodised aluminium and Siberian larch have been used to complement the travertine, and this simple and elegant materials palette enhances the elegance of the Circle’s form and geometry. Nestled within the 54 travertine columns is the reconstructed first floor restaurant, which is completely open beneath. It is now a wider, triple aspect unit with commanding views over the Circle. The first floor cantilevers forwards and backwards from the columns, benefitting from a refined structural strategy which transfers the additional loads back to the original.” (Broadgate Circle, Arup Associates)

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