The project is a clear statement of its internal arrangement and is organised in a linear structure that mirrors the activity of the printing presses within. The 14,000 sq m open-plan building is arranged into two zones on either side of the central service spine.
Until the Printworks was decommissioned, its north façade exposed the workings of the presses within, revealed by a 96 m glazed façade developed especially for the project.
Composed of a frameless structural glazing system, the screen was complemented by a bespoke panel system in remaining areas of the building formed of super-plastic aluminium.
Designed within a 12 month period, the Printworks has since undergone successful changes in function and now houses an internet switching centre.
Its innovative design has been celebrated with nine architectural awards, including the Royal Fine Art Commission’s ‘Building of the Year’.
Docklands, London, UK
Financial Times / St Clements Press
Jo Reid & John Peck