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Amnesty International HQ

Architects Witherford Watson Mann’s design for Amnesty International’s headquarters in East London converts a pair of adjoining buildings to reflect the campaigning charity’s aspirations for frugal spaces with plain surfaces.

Structurally the main challenge was to open out spaces within and between the two buildings as much as possible. One, dating from about 1900, is of traditional construction; the other, built the 1950s has a concrete-encased steel frame, and built as a store has plenty of surplus structure for office use with potential to add an extra floor at a later date. We removed as much of the party wall between the two as possible, adding a new lift and in the newer part, removing part of the ground floor slab. Detailed analysis as the work progresses determined exactly how much and where strengthening of the existing structure was necessary to achieve the architect’s vision of an open and secure space which does not feel unduly enclosed.

Conversion of two existing buildings into Amnesty International's low key headquarters

LOCATION
London, UK
CLIENT
Amnesty International
ARCHITECT
Witherford Watson Mann
PROJECT VALUE
£ 4.2 million
FLOOR AREA
3,500 m²
COMPLETION
2005