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40 Villiers Street Westminster

Recladding this 1950s building has created a significant urban presence at Villiers Street at Embankment Gardens. Spectacular views have been created for the new office floor of the River Thames and the South Bank.

In Numbers

  • 180 degree panoramic view of the South Bank
  • 6 horizontal solid bands
  • 101 feature vertical mullions
  • 31 recessed linear lights to the canopy
  • 31 horizontal metal trim details
  • 30 horizontal tile bands

About The Royal Academy

The floor plate creates a distinctive bookend to the street and we have formed crisp curved spandrel bands to celebrate the curve.

Villiers Street slopes down to the Embankment as part of the previous banks of the Thames. The material sequence is an eclectic mix of stucco, red brick and black granite so our addition to the street is a cream ceramic tile with a subtle variation in complimentary colours.

The prow of the curve sweeps down the street and the horizontal banding emphasises the completion of the street elevation. The windows generally have dark verticals but bronze coloured fins project forward to concentrate the eye on the entrance. The narrow street means there is little room for an entrance canopy projection. The curved banding curves outwards on the front door to subtly mark the entrance.

The north elevation had previously been left unfinished, waiting for a connecting building. We have continued the branding around the corner to make an integrated composition from all viewing positions.