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1 Kemble Street Also known as Space House

 

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  • Seifert designed 1 Kemble Street, then called Space House, in a drum shape to reduce the lateral forces that can stress a slab-like block thus reducing the engineering requirements and cutting the cost of construction.
  • Seifert originally designed the building to be a proper tower almost twice as high that would have served as a luxury hotel, but objections from Camden Council saw it reduced in height to what has been built today.
  • Defining the look of 1 Kemble Street are the pre-cast concrete panels that clad the building, much in the same way as Seifert and Oldham Estate approached Centre Point. Seifert's signature Y-beams are also highly visible around the base of the building.
  • Each of the modelled concrete cruciform units is cross shaped and has a dimension of exactly ten feet in width and height and 3 feet in depth. Looking closely at the facade clearly reveals the grid of the building.

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Architect
R. Seifert & Partners
Consulting Engineer
C. J. Pell and Partners
Developer
Oldham Estate
Renovation Architect
Sturgis Associates

Reference Data

Reference No.
2313
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
11-02-2015
 

Building Location

Address
1 Kemble Street, London. WC2B 4AN
Council
Camden
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1962
Construction start date
1964
Completion date
1966
Renovation Date
2004
Heritage Status
Grade II
Style
Modernist

Roof Height (AGL)
52.00

Total Floors (O.G)
16
Number of Lifts
8

Market Data

Primary Use
Office

Floorspace (sq m)
13,000.00

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