Anglo American’s Headquarters, London, UK

We are delighted to have completed the lighting design of the communal areas at Anglo American’s new co-located corporate headquarters at 17 Charterhouse Street, London.

The project comprises a re-model, refurbishment and extension of the existing building. Two new feature staircases were constructed to provide a flowing connection between the upper floor offices and the communal ground floor areas, leading directly into a double height restaurant, which also serves as a gathering and celebration space.

Main entry is via the double height reception lobby, leading through to a separate café area complete with two living walls, and towards the lift lobby or through to the rear exit into the exterior courtyard.

For all interior spaces we worked closely with MCM Architects, to provide a seamless and elegant integration of the lighting into the building fabric.

Whilst most of the lighting equipment and luminaires are concealed from direct views, some others are purposely exposed and used to further accentuate the many linear forms that constitute the architectural design throughout.

Both feature staircases utilise a trimless graphic line detail to accentuate their spiral forms and at the same time provide the required ambient illumination and emergency lighting.

In the entrance lobby, illuminated profiles were designed to match the proposed timber slat cladding, giving prominence to the double height volume, which also forms an essential part of the external expression of the building.

Client: Anglo American & De Beers
Project Managers: Buro Four
Architects: MCM
Building Services: GDM
Main Contractors: Wates and BW
Photography: Courtesy of Jack Hobhouse