Angel Building
Location: London Borough of Islington
Date: 2007 - 2010
Client: Derwent London
The landscape integrates the development with the streetscape, in terms of form and function, to create a transition between building and street. There is interplay between clipped hedges, parterres of ground cover, linear benches and the historic boundary alignments. The articulation of the landscape is expressed as a geometric organisation inspired by the intersection of the historic development pattern and the structural grid of the new building, only interrupted by random groupings of existing trees. It is clipped formally to create a luxuriant tapestry of verdant ground covers, rich in texture, providing a moment’s refuge from city life.
Awards:
2011 RIBA Award, 2011 Shortlisted RIBA Stirling Award, 2011 BCI Judges Special Award, 2011 BCO National Award
The ground plane is uncluttered and sensitive to the technical demands of arboricultural protection for each group of mature Common Limes (Tilia x Europaea) and Caucasian Wingnuts (Pterocarya fraxinifolia) that puncture the clipped sweep of box planting. These trees provide solar shading to the building and pavements addressing climate change and mitigating the heat island effect. They offer an immediate sense of place for the new building as well as high level filtered and verdant views from inside the upper levels of the building. A new area of cobbles shaded with high clear-stemmed semi mature London Planes (Plantanus x acerifolia) creates a leafy environment between building and street for meeting, relaxation and resting. Portuguese granite paving introduces a decorative quality that relates to the atrium paving and the structural grid of the building.
Credits:
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
Civil Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
Services Engineer: Norman Disney Young
Lighting Consultant: GIA Equation
Planning Consultant: DP9
Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon
Project Manager: Buro 4
Arboricultural Consultants: JCA
Main Contractor: BAM
Civils Contractor: J Browne
Soft Landscape Contractors: TCM and Landform
Soil consultant: Tim O'Hare Associates

Photography: © Sarah Blee and J & L Gibbons