Scott Brownrigg designed Eden House features in The Developing City Exhibition

27.06.12

Scott Brownrigg designed Eden House is currently being showcased as part of The Developing City Exhibition at The Wallbrook Building, London. The major public exhibition is the headline event for the London Festival of Architecture and runs until the 9 September. 

Organised by NLA - London’s Centre for the Built Environment in association with the City of London Corporation, the exhibition highlights the relationship between the architecture of the City of London and its success as one of the most important global trading centres.

Looking at how the physical fabric – the buildings, the streets and public spaces – and how these have defined the City over the centuries and responded to changes in how we live and work.

Completing the regeneration of the Spital Square area in 2008, the 57,990 sq ft, five storey office building, Eden House occupies a corner site within the conservation area. With the opportunity for it to be viewed on all but one of its façades, the building responds to its boundary location between the City and the residential community and to the different streetscapes that each elevation addresses. To the south it responds to the City with a glass façade and a floating woven stainless steel mesh brise soleil, the latter acting as sun shading as well as providing visual layering. On the north and east elevations, which face Georgian residential buildings, the glass is reduced and bands of natural limestone are used to give the building a reduced scale more appropriate to the residential street scene.

The Square Mile has been a centre of mercantile trade for 800 years. It has survived pestilence, fires, the Blitz and IRA bombings. Each shift in activity and associated regulation has had a significant impact on the buildings that house the City’s businesses and the streets and spaces that create its character. Yet despite the fact that large sections of the City have been regularly rebuilt, the area still retains its medieval street pattern that reflects its rich history. The exhibition looks at the growth of the City since Roman times, the development of the medieval City, The Great Fire, Wren’s and Evelyn’s plans for rebuilding, the Victorian infrastructure boom, the Blitz, post-war reconstruction, Big Bang and the development of Canary Wharf.

As bankers face reform, so the City of London and Canary Wharf, which plays a key role in the financial market, will need to adapt their buildings to accommodate these structural changes as well as very different types of business. The exhibition examines the modern city, development planned for the next decade and the role of planning and property in accommodating the requirements of the markets, as well as an investigation of current and future occupier needs.

It also looks ahead to 2050, with a series of visions of the City of the future, examining how its built form may adapt in response to the systemic changes we currently face.

See www.thedevelopingcity.com for further details on the exhibition.