grimshaw's st botolph building in london features a pioneering lift system
 

grimshaw's st botolph building in london features a pioneering lift system

 

in the fifth and final feature of a film series documenting some of grimshaw’s most significant projects, we take an exclusive look inside a landmark office building in central london. wrapped with gradated blue glazing, the st botolph building offers a total floor area of 53,000 square meters, and is is organized around a dramatic light-filled atrium that includes a pioneering means of circulation.

grimshaw st botolph
the building is wrapped with gradated blue glazing
image by andrew byrne © grimshaw

 

 

configured for use by multiple occupants, the upper 11 floors of the grimshaw-designed structure contain high specification offices, with the lower two storeys organized for maximum flexibility and the potential to become dealing floors. at lower ground levels, accommodation for multifunctional spaces and retail outlets ensures an active street frontage.

grimshaw st botolph
the st botolph building offers a total floor area of 53,000 square meters
image by wendy lee © grimshaw

 

 

the central atrium features four perimeter cores that give uniform access to all tenants. the arrangement allows each of the 16 elevators to operate independently in the same shaft, optimizing access for all users. the thyssen krupp lift system allows two independent cars to run in the same shaft simultaneously. an intelligent call system provides co-ordination of the elevator group and assigns passengers to the lift best suited to their destination. see designboom’s ongoing coverage of grimshaw’s work here.

grimshaw st botolph
the dramatic atrium includes a pioneering means of circulation
image © peter cook / view

grimshaw st botolph
four perimeter cores give uniform access to all tenants
image © peter cook / view

grimshaw st botolph
16 elevators operate independently in the same shaft
image © peter cook / view

grimshaw st botolph
the system allows two independent cars to run in the same shaft simultaneously
image © peter cook / view

grimshaw st botolph
an intelligent call system co-ordinates the elevator group
image © peter cook / view

grimshaw st botolph
the upper 11 floors contain high specification offices
image © peter cook / view

 

 

project info:

 

location: london, UK
project type: workplace
client: minerva plc
area: 48,775 sqm
status: completed 2010

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