Archetech Issue 30 2017 - Page 77

Leading StructuraL engineering conSuLtancy SymmetryS Limited, has employed innovative structural and civil engineering design to deliver Eglon House, a striking new work/live residence in Primrose Hill London, inspired by Pierre Chareau’s iconic Art Deco Parisian architectural Masterpiece ‘Maison de Verre’. The site was previously The Mayfair Studio where famous artists such as Pink Floyd recorded platinum selling albums, before being converted as part of a £6m contract for developer Fairfax Partners. overcoming chaLLengeS - The original structure of the Mayfair Recording Studio was three storeys high. Perimeter walls were built from masonry which were restrained at roof level by agricultural trusses. The site was effectively landlocked on all four sides by the perimeter walls of neighbouring properties which restricted access and raised challenges as they could not be encroached upon during the redevelopment. Designed by Chassay + Last architects the striking four storey modern property echoes the design philosophy of Maison de Verre. Pioneering structural engineering solutions including ‘top down’ construction were implemented to overcome tough site constraints, including delivering the project within the confines of existing perimeter walls that landlocked the site. Key elements of the building’s structure are purposely exposed adding to echo a key feature of Maison de Verre’s design, which centered around honestly displaying materials and mechanical fixtures. The striking four storey modern property echoes the design philosophy of Maison de Verre The original sTrucTure of The Mayfair recording sTudio was Three sToreys high