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The Typewriter Building

Breathing new life into a modernist icon

Having undergone a comprehensive transformation, The Typewriter Building reached practical completion in January 2024.

Originally designed by renowned architects Richard Seifert and William Frischmann in 1956 as the headquarters of Typewriter Sundries Ltd, the building embodied the spirit of modernity with its sleek lines and European flair. Reimagined by Cowie Montgomery Architects, the project meticulously respected the conservation area while unlocking the site's potential through sensitive extensions at the main roof and rear. This expansion allows for 29,000 square feet of commercial office space over seven floors.

Accessibility takes center stage, with a newly designed, step-free entrance and a central core housing a single stair and passenger lifts. This ensures all levels of the building are readily accessible to everyone, promoting inclusivity and removing barriers.

This low carbon, BREEAM Excellent refurbishment and extension has sustainability at its core. Low-carbon practices are employed throughout, from construction materials to energy-efficient systems. The crowning touch rests on the bio-solar green roofs, fostering a harmonious interaction with the environment and minimising the building's carbon footprint.

The restored High Street façade serves as a nod to the past. During construction, intricate mosaic tiles were uncovered, meticulously preserved, and painstakingly integrated back into the design. This restored façade stands as a testament to London's architectural heritage, whispering tales of the building's origins while welcoming a new wave of creative endeavour.

Work.Life, a vibrant workspace provider, has recognised the building's potential, committing to its full occupancy with an anticipated summer 2024 opening.

  • Client W.RE
  • Architect Cowie Montgomery Architects
  • Project Manager B&CO
  • Services GDM
  • Structure Akera Engineers
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