Creating a sense of arrival
In 2019 Basha—Franklin were appointed by Brookfield Properties to breathe life into the stark reception space of one of their prominent London skyscrapers, set on the boundary of the City of London. To activate the existing space, Basha-Franklin worked on softening the grand modernist lobby, setting curves against the stark linear patterns that used to dominate the office complex. Budget meant some features couldn’t change, including the marble panels above reception and the ceiling fixtures. Rather than fight or hide these with our graphics, we created a system to compliment the existing features in keeping with B—F’s design strategy.
Shifting from modernist to contemporary
The fins, running along the length of the facade, provided a unique opportunity to create an exciting visual effect, that constantly shifts with motion and with light, and can be experienced both from the interior as well as the exterior. Each fin is unique, featuring both an intricate green and a bold silver foil that reflects its environment in a subtle manner. The two layers interact to create a moire effect.