JCDecaux is one of the world’s leading suppliers of street furniture and advertising space. The company emphasises design excellence and has commissioned some of the world’s leading architects to design bus shelters and advertising structures. In this capacity, over time the practice has worked with JCDecaux to develop a range of items, including advertising billboards, a bus shelter system, a city boundary sign and an updated version of the Colonne Morris - an advertising drum incorporating grit bins, benches, lavatories, a roof canopy and electronic information systems. These can be found worldwide in cities such as London, Paris, Prague, New York and San Francisco.
Building on this relationship, the practice was asked to develop the company’s international headquarters in West London. The complex has three distinct parts: a refurbished Art Deco building which forms the street frontage; a new storage warehouse; and a ‘street’ with a vaulted glazed canopy, which links the two and provides exhibition space for JCDecaux’s extensive range of street furniture. The Grade II-listed Art Deco building - built in 1936 for Curry’s Cycles and Radios - was restored in accordance with English Heritage’s advice. In addition to offices it provides a gymnasium and café.
The warehouse is a fully integrated structure, designed for maximum economy and efficiency. It employs an American system of pre-cast, thermally insulated concrete panels, known as ‘hardwall construction’, which allowed the columns and walls to be erected in only twelve days. Wall panels were simply craned into position, one on top of another, and secured with steel dowels. This system has significant benefits beyond its ease of construction: internal walls require no lining; and the panels are 97 per cent thermally efficient, leading to long-term energy savings. Circular glazed apertures cut into the aluminium roof admit sufficient daylight to light the warehouse interior on bright days. Light fittings are installed directly below these apertures so that light-pools are cast on the floor whether the space is naturally or artificially lit. The bright yellow epoxy-resin flooring reflects light back up, bathing the space in a warm glow.
Sketches + Drawings
Facts + Figures
- Appointment: 1997
- Completion: 2000
- Area: 5,030m²
- Capacity: 80
- Client: JCDecaux
- Structural Engineer: Anthony Hunt Associates Ltd.
- Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon & Everest
- M+E Engineer: BDSP
- Landscape Architect: Desvigne & Dalnoky
- Additional Consultants: Mott McDonald
- The Concrete Society and British Precast Concrete Federation Award for Excellence in Precast Concrete
- The Crown Estate Conservation Architecture Award, RIBA Awards
- RIBA Architecture Award
Building has three distinct parts:
New Storage warehouse
- Designed for maximum economy and efficiency
- Employs system of pre-cast thermally insulated concrete panels – ‘hardwall construction’
- Using prefabricated elements columns and walls were erected in twelve days
- Wall panels: 97 per cent thermally efficient
- Panels measure 9 x 3 metres and consist of two layers of reconstructed stone
Refurbished Grade II listed building
- Originally built in 1936 for Curry’s cycles and radios
- Building restored in accordance with English Heritage’s advice
- Now the location of the company’s administrative offices. Also provides a gymnasium and café
- Covered street that acts as a semi-open air space for Decaux’s extensive range of street furniture
- Closed at each end by steel screens and is covered with an asymmetrically vaulted glazed canopy
- Links the office building and the warehouse