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Rathbone Square
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  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Urban design
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A place to connect

Rathbone Square

  • Location London, UK
  • Status Built
  • Services Architecture, Interior design
  • Sectors Residential, Retail, Workplace
  • Area 38,300m²/412,300ft²
  • Client Great Portland Estates

We’ve transformed Rathbone Square into a vast new development of residential, office, retail and public space. The design brief was ambitious: to harmonise the area’s eclectic architecture and 18th-century streetscapes while opening up new public realm.

We designed two multi-use L-shaped blocks of six to eight floors, arranged at right angles around a large, beautifully landscaped public garden. Offices are close to vibrant Oxford Street, homes by tranquil Fitzrovia. Changes in scale, material and detail identify different uses, and each block is defined by its own distinctive facade. But they all come together in a unifying framework integrated with the surrounding streets and squares. Throughout the development arched tunnels, cross-site paths and characterful street frontages invite the public in.

Rathbone Square is playing a major role in transforming the area before Crossrail’s arrival in 2018. With its union of old and new, and its high standard of occupier – including Facebook, who took up residence in 2017 – the scheme has created new connections and delivered its ambitious brief.

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Ceramic passageways

A signature feature of the scheme, two jade glazed ceramic passageways at the northern corners of the square create a new public route through the site. The brass gates on both were designed by Scottish artist Robert Orchardson.

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Rathbone Square provides a unique opportunity to experience innermost London. It’s not just a place to live but a place to connect.
Toby Courtauld
Chief executive, Great Portland Estates
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Facebook HQ

Large windows and textured stainless steel spandrels define the office portion, which houses Facebook's new UK headquarters.

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Residents' library and lounge.
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Typical apartment master bedroom.
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Penthouse kitchen in 'dark' palette.

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Make Chats with Great Portland Estates

Make partner Graham Longman interviews Helen Hare of Great Portland Estates (GPE) on Rathbone Square project, market forces in London, and what the developer expects from architects among other topics.

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Awards

  • AJ Architecture Awards 2018 Shortlisted
  • OAS Development Awards 2018 Winner - Best West End New-Build
  • Building Awards 2018 Shortlisted - Building Magazine Project of the Year
  • RESI Awards 2018 Shortlisted - Development of the Year

Make Team

Michael Bailey, Arnd Baumgartner, Mike Bell, James Chase, Mark Cooney, Stephanie Ehrlich, Edwyn Hickey, Kalliopi Kousouri, Eve Leung, Sophie Lewis, Graham Longman, Sebastian Nau, Suzanne O'Donovan, Jason Parker, Ryan Safa, Matt Seabrook, Ken Shuttleworth, Paul Simms, Esha Thapar, Tracey Wiles, Charlotte Wilson
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