49-51 Farringdon Road is a Victorian building set within the Hatton Garden jewellery quarter in Clerkenwell, London. HUT’s scheme brings light, efficiency and a sense of wellbeing to the office accommodation through a sensitive refurbishment and extension rooted in the area’s historic diamond trade. The Hatton Garden conservation area is one of valuable heritage and bespoke craftsmanship, reflected in the quality of the new architecture from the feature diagrid roof to finer details such as ironmongery and brass rivets. The expressed timber roof structure is formed from Kerto, a laminated veneer lumber system, providing high structural strength with much lower embodied carbon than that of traditional construction methods. The unique ceiling references the original architectural language and internal timber details otherwise lost to a fire. Much of the building’s original fabric and structure is retained, reinforcing its legacy. Existing floors are stripped back, uncovering layers of past renovation & repair. The core is repositioned to sit asymmetrically within the plan, dramatically increasing efficiency and flow throughout the workspace while faceted steel sheets frame glazing overlooking the roof terrace and provide passive solar shading during the summer.
AJ First Look ’21
AJ Retrofit Awards finalist ’22