The intervention draws upon the existing building's layered history and consolidates its striking external expressions with a new, modern, and unique interior experience fit for a leading business location.
Christ & Gantenbein is an international practice founded in 1998 by Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the office employs a team of over 90 architects from 20 countries. The firm's most prominent projects include the expansion of the Swiss National Museum and the extension of the Kunstmuseum Basel, both cultural landmarks with global reach.
Pic 01. — UK House’s façade inspired by Hampton Court Palace
Pic 02. — UK House’s modern interior concept by Christ & Gantenbein
In step with London’s evolving business landscape
Work begins to construct the Waring and Gillow Department Store designed by architect R. Frank Atkinson. The façade is inspired by Hampton Court Palace and is one of the first steel framed buildings in London, allowing for large floor plates.
Construction is complete and the Waring and Gillow Department Store opens its doors.
The Modern Art Department is established, which acts as an influential force of modern British interior design.
The internal structure of the building is redeveloped to create an open plan layout for office use.
Credit Suisse occupies 110,000 sq ft to house their trading floors.
The young TV company, MTV, acquires 120,000 sq ft from Credit Suisse First Boston.
H&M lets prime retail space facing Oxford Street, eventually expanding to three floors including their office headquarters.
UK House is home to leading media and tech companies Dell, Arqiva, Schibsted, LVMH & Christian Dior, Essence Digital and Microsoft UK (Xbox Division), amongst others.
Renowned Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein radically rethink the building’s internal common areas and lightwells.
Occupying an entire city block
Where Fitzrovia, Mayfair, Marylebone and Soho meet.