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Make uses bronze and stone for St James's Market redevelopment

Make's St James's Market redevelopment, which includes a block with a ribbon-like stone and bronze facade and the restoration of a late 19th-century building, is featured in this video produced by Dezeen for the architecture studio.

Located on Regent Street St James's – formerly known as Lower Regent Street – the scheme creates 2,000 square metres of new office space for one of London's main shopping areas.

St James's Market also includes six flagship stores, seven restaurants and half an acre of public space.

The first phase of the scheme, as shown in the video, was completed in 2017. Make was recently given the go-ahead to start phase two of the redevelopment.

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Make has completed two buildings in stone and bronze for St James's Market redevelopment

Make were commissioned by The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties to regenerate the historical site and create a new public destination.

The first phase of the project included two buildings, which, though notably different in style, complement one another with a shared material palette consisting of Portland stone and bronze detailing.

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One of the buildings was constructed in the late 19th century

The late 19th-century building, known as 1 St James's Market or 1SJM, features a Grade II-listed Portland stone facade with punched windows and a mansard roof.

Extensive restoration work included careful reinstatement of dormer lead work, timber window mouldings and ornate lead cartouches.

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1SJM underwent extensive restoration with the addition of an eight-storey glass wall

In addition to the heavy refurbishment, 1SJM also required structural modification.

The roof was raised an extra 1.2 metres to accommodate a new ceiling, while an eight-storey glass wall was erected to connect the old frontage to the corner of the neighbouring building at 22 Regents Street.

Embedded with woven copper mesh, the glass wall also provides a new entrance to 1SJM.

"The wall flows into the building becoming the soffit of the double height reception lobby continuing the external material palette with soft pale limestone complemented by dark textured floor, and champagne coloured metal trims," said Make.

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The lobby of 1SJM features a showpiece staircase

Suspended behind the lobby is a statement cantilever staircase, flooded by natural light from the roof and accented with bespoke lighting.

In contrast to the linearity of 1SJM, its counterpart 2 St James's Market takes a more organic form, with an oscillated exterior resembling a stack of horizontal bands.

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2SJM features a ribbon-like stone and bronze facade

The multi-purpose block, which is also referred to as 2SJM, was built from Portland stone to echo 1SJM.

Its facade is inlaid with strips of bronze to emphasise the curvature of the stone and nod to the 7.5-metre-high bronze shopfronts that occupy the ground floor of both buildings.

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Both buildings have bronze shopfronts on the ground floor

2SJM's upper floors are given over to column-less open plan office spaces with views across London.

The two buildings enclose a public square and sit within half an acre of pedestrianised public space that stretches from St Alban's Street to Norris Street.

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The two buildings were designed to compliment each other

"St Alban's Street and the central square have been repaved in Yorkstone, which features granite ribbons and metal plaque inlays denoting the re-established St James’s Market," said Make.

British artist David Thorpe was commissioned to decorate one of the walls of the square created by the exterior of 1SJM with floral ceramic tiles.

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Artists and designers were commissioned to enhance the central public space

The scheme also includes four pieces of public seating by interdisciplinary design duo Studio Swine, which are situated along Norris Street.

East London architecture practice Studio Weave were brought in to design a pavilion that sits in the south-eastern corner of the square.

Make was founded by architect Ken Shuttleworth. The firm's previous projects include a pair of office buildings in the City of London with a series of pocket gardens, and the addition of 16 bronze escalators as part of a revamp of the entrance hall at London department store Harrods.

Photographs are by Make.

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