When 41-44 Great Queen Street was procured, in early summer 1997, the building was in considerable need of updating. The clients brief was for a comprehensive refurbishment and extension of the existing building, suitable for single or multiple tenancy occupation. PKS Architects have responded to their clients brief to provide speculative accommodation with a cool minimalism and a cohesive sense of understated style.
The entrance hall is a simple box formed in stone and glass un-obstructed by the transparent glass clad lift enclosure. A single object - the sculptural oak reception desk - is framed in a recess and a computer controlled neon illuminated glass clad end wall draws the visitor down the length of the Hall.
The material language of limestone and glass is continued into the main stair and toilets to maximise space and to maintain a cool simplicity. Glass balustrades, wall cladding, and wash hand basins combine with low voltage luminaires to create infinite reflections and an enhanced sense of space.
The new Penthouse Executive Suite is designed as a pavilion structure on the roof with full height glazing maximizing views of the Covent Garden roofscape and culminating an ordered design exercise.