modern architecture london
modern architecture london

Chiswick Park

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 1999-2008
Offices | Chiswick High Road, W4

Photos taken March 2009.

Chiswick Park is located on a brownfield industrial site, and when completed will comprise 12 office buildings, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and fitness centre. The buildings are arranged around public space that includes an open-air performance area and a lake.

Like most new office building, the main purpose of the architecture is to create large expanses of uninterrupted floor area that so that tenants are able to decide how the space is used without having a layout imposed on them. The basic design is therefore a cental core surrounded by office space 18m deep. External escape stairs help to faciltate this, and they become one of the dominant features on the sides of the buildings.

The buildings are created from standardised components giving a unity to the entire site. Their appearance is characterised by structures that extend out from the buildings for the purpose of providing shade, supported by thin columns. Together with external fabric blinds, the intention is to reduce solar gain so that a displacement ventilation system can be used, resulting in lower running costs.