3XN get approval for a 38-storey building in London City

38-storey building

3XN have recently achieved planning approval for 2 Finsbury Avenue, for British Land and GIC, providing over 700,000sqft of world class workplace as part of the continued reimagining of the Broadgate Campus in the City of London. The project consists of a 12-storey podium with a 35 storey East Tower and 20 storey West Tower.

As the latest example of 3XN’s focus on human-scale, sustainable development, 2 Finsbury Avenue has been designed with an international team of industry professionals – including GXN, 3XN’s sustainability and innovation consultancy, to ensure that the project will deliver futureproofed approaches to work, health, wellbeing and circular design, all with significant reductions in operation and embodied carbon.

This Net Zero Carbon development is targeting BREEAM Outstanding and will be designed to accommodate WELL standards as part of the base build works. 2FA is one of the first projects to comply with a new circular economy policy in London, and GXN is spearheading this work, implementing circular economy solutions across the project, focusing on both upcycling and adaptable design.

Conceived as a vertical campus, 2 Finsbury Avenue provides a broad range of amenity spaces that connect workplaces and the buildings users – each of these spaces has been designed to reflect the latest in behavioural and social science, encouraging users to connect, interact or relax throughout their day. The proposals include the 9,000sqft Winter Garden, a unique space that provides as sheltered, climate adaptable, green space that offers a place for respite, renewal and an opportunity to enjoy the building’s unique views over London.

The project marks 3XN’s first commercial project in London and offers a fresh take on the traditional concept of an office tower. 3XN shares British Land’s ambitions to create outstanding places that accommodate flexible options for working, dining, shopping and living. The new building is designed with a strong focus on the wellbeing of the people and organisations who will use the space as well as the surrounding community.

“Broadgate is a really special site, given that it is the largest pedestrianized neighbourhood in London,” notes Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founder and Creative Director of 3XN. “We believe that every new building should contribute real value to its community. This project delivers with thoughtful design that complements this bustling urban neighbourhood. We are thrilled that British Land has trusted us to design this high profile project.”

Designing from the Inside-Out
3XN believes that architecture shapes behaviour, and that the border between work and social life will continue to overlap. Following this central belief, the 3XN design for 2-3 Finsbury Avenue creates an office that is more than just a workspace; it is a space also aimed to cultivate balance and well-being in everyday life.

This philosophy has allowed 3XN to design the building from the inside out. Program elements are organized into a “vertical campus” designed for maximum adaptability and flexibility. Both cellular and hybrid office layouts are possible, depending on current and future needs. Office spaces are interspersed with healthy, green areas meant to inspire creative work and encourage social behaviour. Source by 3XN.

  • Location: London, UK
  • Architect: 3XN
  • Client: British Land
  • Size: 700,000 sqft
  • Year: 2021
  • Images: Courtesy of 3XN

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