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London’s Art Deco Adelphi Building is restored to its former glory

Architects Aukett Swanke have breathed new life into London’s Grade II-listed Adelphi Building by the Strand.

The 1938 structure – one of central London’s largest office spaces – has been restored to its former Art Deco glory, in line with Colcutt and Hamp’s original design.

Aukett Swanke removed some of the late-20th century additions made to the 330,000 sq ft Adelphi, and inserted two glass atriums that respond to the 1930s masterplan and open up views through the heart of the building.

Photography: Edmund Sumner
Photography: Edmund Sumner

‘Our brief was to create a design for the Adelphi that would embrace its grandeur and yet provide for the needs of contemporary occupants,’ said Suzette Vela Burkett, managing director of Aukett Swanke.

‘Through careful historical research and as a direct response to the spirit of the original design, we have sensitively and imaginatively designed new interventions as well as celebrating the original features of the building.’

Photography: Edmund Sumner

The practice has also created a series of wall features with cloud and sheaf designs inspired by the carvings and detailing on the building’s exterior. Inside the offices, original riveted steel columns have been exposed.

NeueHouse will be among the Adelphi’s tenants, opening its first co-working space outside the US this summer in the building’s first and second floors. American steak restaurant Smith & Wollensky opened in a corner of the Art Deco structure last year.

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