Hammersmith Ark, London

Hammersmith Ark, London
   The Ark, designed in 1991–2 by Ralph Erskine, is one of London’s most unconventional and controversial landmark office buildings. Described as the ‘swan-song of the commercial architecture of the Thatcher era’, its curved and tiered copper and glass facade dominates the Hammersmith skyline. In an attempt to readdress the traditional form of office building, a working environment has been created in which companies can operate independently while at the same time contributing to the communal character of the central atrium. Designed with ecological ambitions to combat the blight of sick building syndrome, it combines natural lighting with sophisticated air conditioning and heating systems. Triple-glazing ensures reduc-tion of heat loss and traffic noise from the nearby flyover.
   HILARY GRAINGER

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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