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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 York House

Pentonville green


One of the earliest office blocks built on Pentonville Road, this anonymous and foreboding 1980s block has been reworked into contemporary, calming co-working.


📍Location


🏢Building Details

  • Refurbishment + extension of 1980s building: adding 30% more space

  • 70,000 sq ft, 8-storeys

  • Completed 2019


👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor


✍️Architects & Engineers


🌱Sustainability

  • BREEAM Excellent + EPC A

  • Building extended at roof level with cross laminated timber structure – clad in zig zag perforated aluminium screen, blending softly with sky

  • Entrance lightwell + generous windows installed on ground and lower floors to maximise daylighting

  • Rainwater harvest system with sustainable drainage techniques + green roof with PV panels

  • Floors made from recycled tyres + laminated timbers


🥦 Wellbeing

  • Uncluttered co working spaces: no exposed services (these are carefully limited to circulation areas)

  • Earthy, calming material palette – timber and stone prominent throughout – with warm sapele finishes

  • Soft-landscaped borders + pocket parks surround new pedestrian access routes

  • Rich amenity: café, state-of-the-art gym, cycle store, terraces, library, intimate cinema space

  • 7th floor roof garden


🎈Bonus feature

Geoffrey Clarke was a pioneer post-war sculptor & stained glass maker –nicknamed one of "the geometry of fear sculptors". The building has restored and reinstalled his 1983 Toriigenus ­– a 7.5m distinct aluminium sculpture fastened to its façade.





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