Originally constructed in the 1990s overlooking Berkeley Square, this commercial office block has been refurbished to house world leading art auctioneer, Phillips.
Sweett UK Limited
Given the prominent position this prime Mayfair corner site has, meticulous attention to detail was required. Utilising our extensive experience, we worked alongside McLaren Construction to work up the detailed design and provide cost certainty for the glazing and cladding elements.
Particular detailed involvement was necessary for the dramatic gallery space on the Berkeley Square frontage, and this became our key area of focus.
Alterations were made to remove the 1st floor level, and allow for a 2-storey gallery to house some of the art collection. The glazing around this area spans 8 metres, with no mid-span support and thereby maximising the natural light into this dramatic gallery space.
Curtain walling was utilised for this with a secondary steel frame taking the support back behind the stonework. Internally, a bespoke structural glass construction was used to create the skyboxes and viewing platforms into the gallery space.
At roof level, the top floor was re-clad to create a new commercial office space and terrace area, and then an additional steel frame erected on top taking it another storey higher. Structural glazed curtain walling was chosen up here including curved bays of glazing and an integral brise soleil system designed to be supported off the curtain walling.
Plant rooms, copings and architectural metalwork were all created out of anodised aluminium and designed to suit a blend of new and existing structure.
Now home to the world’s most dynamic and forward-thinking auction house, displaying a unique collection of photographs, jewellery and contemporary art, the completed façade is a fitting addition to the Mayfair conservation area it resides in.