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mar 23, 2011

jean nouvel: one new change update

‘one new change’ by jean nouvel in london, united kingdom all images courtesy danica kus

brussels-based photographer danica kus has sent us images of jean nouvel‘s recently inaugurated ‘one new change‘ in london, united kingdom. located in the heart of the city adjacent to st. paul’s cathedral, the multi-functional shopping development features 6,500 floor-to-ceiling glass panes in varying shades of red, grey and beige.

characterized by a deep slot that extends from the street to the core of the design, the asymmetrical form of the building hugs the block to become a physical interface between the cathedral and the city. the pedestrian walkway opens up to the sky above, providing an alley-like market atmosphere for the visitors.

view from central lobby image © danica kus

accommodating multiple levels of retail opportunities, the building also hosts five floors of offices as well as a basement level with vehicular access. the roof features a pathed lookout space that offers panoramic views of the city of london. defined by stepped seating and sections of greenery, the faceted angles of the design is translated into three-dimensional rooflight forms that pierce through the plane.

to read more on the project, click through to our previous coverage here and here.

glass panes used in the facade images © danica kus

faceted facade image © danica kus

view of the cathedral from the roof level image © danica kus

roof patio image © danica kus

image © danica kus

image © danica kus

interior images © danica kus

atrium images © danica kus

street view image © danica kus

  • A depressing presentation. Is the project really as grim as these photographs suggest? I sincerely hope not!

    JAH says:
  • Ditto

    rcvs1 says:
  • London and st pauls survived the blitz. Not sure if it can survive the assault of these ugly new buildings.

    Hb says:
  • Serpentine pavilion wasn’t meant for nouvel in 2010!
    One of the conditions for being a serpentine architect is not building or have built something in london. This craapy building was already under construction in 2010.

    jeannot says:
  • sadly, it is not one of his finest …. it was grim in construction and has not improved upon completion

    nochange says:
  • I work right next to it – go there most lunchtimes – and rather like it. It certainly is not grim – just difficult to bring to life with photography. Thank God for strong confident modern architecture being allowed adjacent to St Pauls! At last London might be losing its royal endorsed obsession with the past.

    pitch says:

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