Client: Squire and Partners
Features: Dragon beam oak frame, outside-inside space, fully exposed roof trusses.
Requirements: Sustainable materials as modern alternative to steel, continuing the building’s evolution.
Awards: 3x 2018 RIBA Regional Awards and a 2018 RIBA National Award
An oak frame for an exemplary renovation
A Carpenter Oak frame has transformed the roof of an old department store in central London. Part of an elegant renovation of the space by architects Squire and Partners, the frame provides a striking crown to this smartly conceived building.
Green oak was used to create a series of spacious timber framed areas, with integrated glazing allowing light to pour into the bar, lounge and restaurant. Guests and members can enjoy both dining inside or outside, and social spaces and views out across the London skyline.Read more
Working with Carpenter Oak was a fantastic example of working with true craftspeople who have mastered generations of skills working with timber. The original decorated frame of The Department Store was used as the inspiration for the new structure, which was purer in form and had a natural beauty and clarity.