Atlas Building - 145 City Road

  • London

  • 2019

  • Contractor Mace Limited

Iconic 40 storey residential development providing a high specification residential offer

Code for Sustainable Homes - CSH level '4
BREEAM rating "Excellent"
The architecture of Atlas Building is a simple, yet striking, concept. The building consists of a series of 12 fins that run from north to south with, in between, an entirely glass infill. The fins appear as they have been pulled apart to reveal the glazed element, thus creating contrasting elevations with more solid façades to east and west and glazed façades facing north and south. For what concerns sustainability aspects, the energy optimisation is achieved simply designing the right shape of building, facing the right direction and with glazing in the right place. The careful articulation of daylight at Atlas Building will minimise the need for people to use artificial light. All this combined with other energy measures, such as high level of insulation and shared-use of an energy centre with a neighbouring building will allow to achieve the quality specified levels.
The façade concept is based on a series of blades which articulate the elevations. Each of these blades is perforated according to the habitable room design and work together to provide the building's formal composition. The east and west-facing punched windows of the solid blade elements contrast with the predominantly glazed elements of north and south elevations. Natural solar shading is provided on the south elevation via the balcony elements, whilst the north façade glazing is maximised to optimize daylight penetration into the plan.


  • Insulated double glazed unitised curtain walling

  • Insulated unitised curtain walling with aluminium infil panels

  • Lift & slide doors


Make Architects

Make Architects is an architectural practice based in the United Kingdom founded by Ken Shuttleworth. They have offices in London, Birmingham, Beijing, Hong Kong and registered offices in the Middle East. The practice is currently engaged in projects worldwide ranging from high rise offices to urban masterplans, residential and office developments, civic buildings, private and social housing, education buildings and interior design. In 2012 Make was ranked 46th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For category. They were also awarded Practice of the Year - South East and London by the Architects' Journal at the AJ100 Awards.

Scott Brownrigg

Scott Brownrigg is an award-winning international design practice providing architecture, masterplanning, urban design, interior design and town planning services. Its architectural team aims at creating timeless and relevant architecture that offers delight to the client, the user and the wider community. Each project is considered in its own right, taking into account context, location and culture, whilst listening to, and understanding the needs and aspirations of the client. Pragmatic and innovative solutions, which respect and preserve the natural environment, are explored. Designs are reinforced by specific sector expertise, market-leading technical knowledge and the practice’s Design Research Unit. With a reputation for delivering solutions with integrity and enthusiasm, the team is committed to making the built environment a better place.