_ Raised Access Floors
Row, London, UK
Located in the heart of Londons prestigious Mayfair district
on the world renowned Savile Row, the new office and retail development at 23 Savile Row
features an extensive scope of works by MERO-SCHMDILIN (UK) PLC.
Standing on the site of the former English Heritage headquarters, Fortress House, the
entire site has been levelled and rebuilt as a high class Portland stone clad six storey
office building, with retail space to the ground floor and a central atrium light well.
To the three external elevations of the building, MERO-SCHMIDLIN has provided 168 striking
floor to ceiling punched windows, which incorporate a natural anodised fluted feature
mullion. Along the ground floor of the Savile Row and New Burlington Place elevations,
retail units feature large double height laminated glass windows, whilst to the ground
floor of New Burlington Street double glazed office windows match the design of the
adjacent retail windows.
A recessed full height glazed façade cuts through the centre of the traditional stone
clad building, clearly identifying the main entrance on Savile Row to visitors.
Electronically assisted glazed revolving and pivoting doors incorporated into the façade
provide a welcoming passage into the buildings reception area. Overhead, an
impressive natural anodised canopy frames huge glass panels, enabling dramatic views when
entering the building of the specially commissioned bronze sculpture, Verge,
by Joel Shapiro which is suspended above. The 60m² canopy floats in front of the façade
between the Portland stone flanks on each side, through which hidden support for the
canopy is taken. Full rainwater management within the canopy channels both façade and
canopy runoff away, providing a sheltered entrance area.
Once through reception, the building opens up into a breathtaking glazed atrium well that
draws the eye up to the glazed rooflight above.
Full floor to ceiling frameless glazing wraps around three sides of the atrium, whilst a
seamless glazed balustrade runs along the atrium walkways to the fourth side of the
atrium. The laminated atrium glazing is shuffle glazed into support channels above and
below, which are hidden by flush naturally anodised spandrel panels secured via secret
The flush glazing and panel arrangement provides a fresh, clean, contemporary look to the
atrium that is undoubtedly the most striking feature of the building.
Each floor space is virtually column free, and features a high degree of natural lighting
thanks to the floor to ceiling external windows, and floor to ceiling atrium glazing, all
provided by MERO-SCHMIDLIN. With office space available across all six levels of the
building, over 100,000m² of high class, naturally lit usable space is available.
An inclined glazed rooflight tops off the atrium well, channelling light into the
building, whilst incorporating automatic opening smoke ventilators to allow smoke out of
the atrium space in event of a fire. Long 5.5m glass panes and slender 100mm wide RHS
support steelwork ensures the maximum amount of light enters the atrium below
Set back from the main building line, the fifth and sixth floor facades are constructed
from a bespoke thermally broken natural anodised framed curtain walling system. Featuring
high performance double glazed units, natural anodised panels and columns, and feature
handrails, the curtain wall incorporates both automatic and manual sliding doors to
provide passage onto the external terraces.
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