In the design of Sixty London, KPF forewent a generic solution for a speculative office project in favor of a signature building that adds lively presence to London’s urban grain and stimulates wider regeneration in this important district by instilling a real and dynamic sense of place.
Located on the main thoroughfare between the City and the West End, the building, featuring a distinctive origami of fins, introduces a lively, dynamic environment to Holborn Viaduct, creating an architectural focus on the Farringdon/Holborn axis.
Responding to its urban context, the simple, organic form of the building softens the mass of the development. The skin is a series of curves influencing and influenced by views and sightlines to and from the site’s city location. The striking façade of twisting fins over a light glazed curtain wall gives a strong visual identity to the scheme. The rebuilt northeast gatehouse completes the set of Victorian structures that form a grand gesture at each corner of the viaduct. The new building achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating in recognition of its energy efficiency.