French architecture firm Wilmotte & Associés designed green building at 6 Pancras Square in Central London is part of the mixed-use development and is due to be completed later this year. The development achieved BREEAM Excellent due to its clever use of motion sensor lighting and heat gain reduction, both achieved in the office spaces via the quality of the glass and the depth of both the terracotta and the metal fins.
Re-interpreting the typical local load-bearing masonry and the area’s industrial heritage, the architects designed the curtain-wall facades with interwoven metal frames and terracotta infills. The 49,000-square-meter office building is clad in black anodized aluminum and terracotta panels, hand assembled off-site and then brought to site in panels. There are a total of 55,000 individual tiles commissioned. The sustainability strategy was an integral part of the concept development from the inception. The building incorporates passive design features, highly efficient building services, energy-efficient lighting, heat gain reduction mechanisms and a low carbon energy supply.