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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 The Yellow Building

Yellow green


Thermally massive, structurally light, sunflower yellow stripes, saw-tooth roof. The Yellow Building – HQ for iconic British fashion brand Monsoon/ Accessorize – a landmark on London’s West Cross Route.


📍Location


🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2008

  • 161,500 sq ft., 7-storeys

  • Winner of 2009 RIBA Award


👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor


✍️Architects & Engineers


🌱Sustainability

  • BREEAM Excellent

  • Regeneration of former brownfield site occupied by a series of anonymous + underutilised industrial sheds

  • Exposed internal concrete structure = part of environmental control strategy, utilising the thermal mass to reduce operational energy

  • Highly efficient underfloor air displacement ventilation system

  • Rainwater harvesting system incorporated for greywater recycling + landscape irrigation


🥦 Wellbeing

  • Cathedral-like 7-storey atrium (30 metres) acts as part art gallery, part social space, part event space for fashion shows

  • Large open, unobstructed floors span either side of the central atrium – allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the building + maximising connections between staff

  • Sleek end-of-trip facilities: 75 bike spaces, 66 lockers, 5 showers including 1 accessible

  • The building is a focal point within a wider ‘village’ for fashion designers, the vibrant Notting Dale campus – a public sculpture park


🎈Bonus feature

The cathedral-like 30m high atrium is a grand social space and home to many artworks – including a working carousel. Carsten Holler’s, Mirror Carousel provides a magical mystery ride for occupants: “participants who step up to take a ride are met with a whimsical mix of broken reflections and jarringly slow movement, creating an all-round meditative experience.





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