Sensitivity in designing offices in materials akin to their localities saw Piercy & Company scoop the GEZE UK-sponsored BD Office Architect of the Year Award 2018.
The London practice saw off seven other contenders to the hotly contested title at a gala ceremony at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, London last month.
This accolade was achieved thanks to a magnificent portfolio, each development projecting a narrative through forms and materials that ‘resonate on a local level’.
At Spring Place in Kentish Town, this will be showcased in a steel-clad industrial vernacular while at The Copyright Building in London’s Fitzrovia, a refined travertine office was the result.
All Piercy & Company’s projects convey the belief office buildings should also engage for civic purposes and be opened up for active use at the ground plane.
Other Piercy & Company works included in the submission included the refurbishment of 25 Savile Row – currently in development – and the redevelopment of Princelet Street, a re-imagined space from a pair of existing buildings, with pleated roof incorporating glazing, which delivered a contemporary version of the weaving lofts that once filled the Brick Lane area.
Also shortlisted in this category were Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, BDP, Cartwright Pickard, Emrys Architects, Gensler and LOM architecture and design.
Stuart Piercy, Director at Piercy&Company, expressed his delight at the award success: “As a studio, we are fortunate to work with some forward- thinking clients and to collaborate with talented consultants, makers and contractors.
“We are always trying to approach offices in terms of their civic role – questioning how to open the ground plane out to the public, how to detail the building so it has a more generous relationship with the public realm.”
Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK, said the company was delighted to sponsor the award again, at the 15th BD Awards at its new venue.
“The winner, Piercy & Company epitomises the quality of design and creativity needed to produce standout developments that blend material elements with their surroundings,” Kaz said.
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