Description of Angel Building
The Angel Building office building in Angel, London EC1.
The Angel Building is all about improving radically on the thinking of the past, to provide the best possible office environment for today. A restrained piece of enlightened modern architecture by award-winning architects AHMM, it contains over 250,000 sq ft (NIA) of exceptional office space. With a remarkable atrium, fine café, and exclusively-commissioned works of contemporary art, it also enjoys exceptional views from its enormous rooftop terraces.
This is a building carefully made to greatly reduce its carbon footprint - in construction and in operation. It is highly efficient to run, as befits a Grade A office and retail building built for the second decade of the 21st century.
The all-new façade of the Angel Building has opening windows, allowing tenants maximum flexibility in their choice of air handling - naturally ventilated or (with the windows closed) mechanically ventilated and cooled/warmed via the building's low-energy displacement ventilation system. Besides that, it looks good: a highperformance double-glazed dark grey aluminiumframed curtain walling system with metal fins and spandrel panels. Crisply detailed, with broad areas of glazing coupled with solar shading where appropriate, its proportions are inspired by some of the great American corporate low-rise buildings. The retail units on the ground floor have full-height glazing.
A generous double-height entrance directly off St John Street, EC1, leads into the architecturally uplifting heart of the building. The full-height atrium rises up through all five floors to a cruciform roof structure sealed with translucent, energy-saving ETFE inflated ‘pillows'. It brings order and light to the heart of the office floorplates. The atrium is the pivot-point of the whole building and is a place to do business as well as meet and greet. Extending to almost 9,500 sq ft the atrium is home to the purpose-made specially commissioned, organically-shaped carbon fibre ‘throne' seating designed by Ian McChesney. The Angel Kitchen café and lounge are for exclusive use of the building's tenants and their guests.
There is also a public mezzanine area overlooking the main floor of the atrium that can be used for ad-hoc meetings. Further break-out spaces also look out into the atrium at intervals on all floors - some with the luxury of double height.
The reception area is staffed by Office Concierge, providing a hotel level of service. A Bill Amberg leather wall provides the backdrop to the desk.
One of the benefits of being in the Angel Building is the extensive outside space which complements the interiors. In particular, there are two remarkably spacious roof terraces, totalling 23,000 sq ft. Amounting to 20,000 sq ft, these run all round the top floor of the building, and are especially wide on the south and west-facing sides. In addition, the 4th floor has a separate south-facing terrace of 3,000 sq ft. Everybody in the building has access to what are some of the best panoramic views across London. The building is set high on a historic vantage point, while the rooftop terraces lift you above the surrounding buildings. From here you look right down across Islington, Farringdon and Finsbury to the towers and spires of the City of London, and westwards to Centre Point, the West End and the London Eye. As well as this spectacular outlook across the capital, there is plenty of space up here for outdoor entertaining.
The rooftop terrace is divided into three zones:
Zone 1 is for the occupants of the top, fifth floor, includes the whole of the broad west terrace - full of possibilities for outdoor entertaining - with panoramic terraces on all four sides. Doors open out directly onto the terraces at points all round the perimeter.
Zone 2 part of the south-facing terrace, is a 4,000 sq ft section reserved for tenants' communal use, whatever floor you are on. Bookable for events, it is one of the unique assets of the Angel Building.
Zone 3 a section of the south-facing terrace, is capable of linking down to the tenants of the fourth floor, just below, who may create their own direct access.