Buckley Building, Clerkenwell

15 May 2013

The £15 million refurbishment of Derwent London’s Buckley Building is complete. The building offers over 87,000 sq ft of high quality office accommodation with ground level retail in Clerkenwell, the heartland of many of London’s creative industries.

BGY have completely reworked the six-storey 1930s industrial building, adding full-height glazing at ground level and creating a new entrance facing onto the public space of Clerkenwell Green, maximising the civic presence of the building, which occupies a prominent island site.

Exciting interior spaces have been created including site-specific artworks and bespoke furniture.To animate the lobby space, director Matt Yeoman created F=MA, alarge-scale kinetic artwork named after Sir Isaac Newton’s famous second law of motion. With the same drive mechanisms used in the wings of the Airbus A380, the entire assembly is put into motion, playfully emulating the familiar swinging of a Newton’s Cradle.

The opening is an especially important moment for the practice as Derwent London named the building after Richard Buckley, one of their late founding partners who died in 2008.


Buckley Building photos by Hufton & Crow