Simple brick form
Externally, the podium is clad in handmade ‘artisan’ Roman bricks in a blue-grey
palette, chosen to create visual unity across the entire elevation. The bricks are
elongated and flatter than standard stock, which gives a textured look and feel
to the façade. Dependent on the level of daylight and orientation of the sun the
brickwork has a unique ephemeral appearance through the play of light, shadow
The western side of the podium is defined by a simple brick structure with full height glass doors and vitrine windows punctuating the façade and advertising the main gallery spaces.
"The Gagosian Gallery is a fantastic addition to the West End and is another major milestone in the transformation of Mayfair."Craig McWilliam, Grosvenor Britain and Ireland
Internally, the western first floor slab in the podium has been removed to create a spacious double height gallery. High quality offices and client viewing rooms on a single first floor storey occupy the eastern side of the building. The new floor banding is in keeping with the horizontal floor slabs that dominate the façade above. The windows to this space occupy the full height between the banding and create a vertical rhythm along the street, whilst mirroring the architectural composition of the tower.
The scheme was designed in collaboration with interior architects, Caruso St John, and has recently won a London regional RIBA Award.