4 Kingdom Street
Photos: Ståle Eriksen
Four Kingdom Street is designed by Allies and Morrison practice for British Land which invested in the canal-side Paddington Central development, next to its railway station.
The building is tucked into a compact yet highly visible site on a former railway goods yard, adjacent on north to the Westway. This engineering and transportation history inspired the architecture both in the façade and interior.
The building has an unitised curtain wall, shaded on its southern elevation, opens out onto Kingdom Square, with deep, angled sun shades supported by red-oxide painted struts. The structural steel frame is exposed throughout, services components are revealed and integrated, rougher industrial materials, less often associated with commercial offices, are utilised: all contributing to reveal a personality – an office building with a bit of an edge to it.
An abstract, glazed triangular form projects outwards on its western side enclosing a series of stacked meeting pods that take in dramatic vistas over West London.
Each elevations feature vertical and horizontal aluminium fins of many shapes and sizes which lend a massive and majestic aspect to Four Kingdom Street.
The building provides over 12,800 sqm of commercial office space over nine flexible floorplates above a generous reception area and retail spaces.
In addition to outdoor terraces on all office floors, the structure is characterized by a roof garden with views over Little Venice and beyond.
BREEAM rating “Excellent”.
Flat and curved unitised structurally silicone glazed system
Vertical and horizontal aluminium louvres
Aluminium rainscreen panel system
Allies and Morrison
Allies and Morrison is an architecture, urbanism and planning practice based in London. It operates from its own studios in Southwark Street, the RIBA London Building of the Year 2004. Allies and Morrison has completed projects throughout the UK and is currently undertaking work in Germany, Holland, India, Qatar and the Lebanon. The work of the practice ranges from architecture, interior design and conservation on the one hand to planning, consultation and research on the other. When appropriate, particularly on larger projects, the different sides of the practice combine their expertise and experience and work together. The practice has won 39 RIBA Awards and has twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, for the Royal Festival Hall in 2008 and New Court Rothschild Bank with OMA in 2012. More than 200 people contribute to the success of the practice with a broad range of skills and experience. Over 40 different nationalities are represented. The majority are qualified architects, working with urban designers, furniture, product and interior designers, as well as technical specialists. In-house modelmakers, graphic designers and architectural visualisation teams also play essential roles in the development and communication of designs.