THE GERKIN- ENTRANCE LOBBY AND PLANTERS
Joinery / Furniture
One of London’s most iconic buildings, the Gerkin at 30 St Mary Axe designed by architects Foster & Partners required an update at ground floor level, the entrance lobby to be exact. We worked alongside designers from Foster & Partners to design and build two new reception desks and four planters that double up as seats.
Futuristic curves with an illuminated shadow gap underneath, the desks look like they are floating, both have a wide curved door to allow staff to access the desk area. Internally the desks hide a complex matrix of controls, heating, communication and security technology within the spray-finished joinery and Kikukawa Stainless Steel cladding.
Behind the Kikukawa Stainless steel cladding sits a fabricated Stainless Steel framework and pot with segmented water tank and bearing rollers to allow each tree to be rotated easily by hand within the planter, to prevent the trees from growing lop-side. The removable seating allows trees to be watered regularly with ease.
A mix of spray finished joinery, Stainless Steel fabricated framework, Kikukawa Stainless Steel cladding and Leather covered horizontal surfaces make the desks look futuristic and modern, but feel warm and tactile. Each material was chosen for its durability, suitability and aesthetic by the team at Foster & Partners.
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