High-Tech Spaces In Historic Places
Apple wanted to add to their London presence in Regent Street with a new flagship store in Covent Garden. The new retail space occupies a series of grade II-listed buildings located on the corner of the Piazza and James Street. Constructed between 1877 and 1879, these historic structures required a sensitive approach to design.
The historic warehouse building had a number or features that needed to be restored and integrated into the design for the new Apple store, including wrought iron beams, rustic brick walls and a concrete deck. Our team needed to ensure the building fabric was retained while incorporating the contemporary systems required for a state of the art flagship store.
To avoid compromising the building’s character our specialist team worked closely with the architect to determine the best location for external MEP services. Our team designed a high efficiency solution for the store to meet the maximum energy consumption criteria, while services are largely exposed within the interior space due to ceiling height limitations. We worked closely with the rest of the project team to maintain a high standard of finish, satisfying the demands of Apple to reflect their brand and quality.
The close proximity of the office to residential neighbours meant that we needed to acoustically design the dedicated equipment room to ensure that ambient noise levels are not increased beyond existing levels.
The project has won the 2011 Honour Award for Architectural Excellence for AIA Pennsylvania, the 2011 Design Award for Tri-States Design Conference, the 2011 Architecture Award for The Westminster Society as well as the 2011 AIA CC Merit Award.
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