The Crown Estate has given us an extraordinary opportunity to renew an urban block at the very heart of Piccadilly. One Eagle Place, Piccadilly, is the Estate’s first major project in their extensive St James’s portfolio, in a dialogue with the existing buildings in two Conservation Areas (Regent Street and St James’s) with both conserved and new façades, to replace three former buildings. The block includes a new building and façade in ceramic utilizing the sculptural and cast qualities of clay and polychromatic glazes. Renowned sculptor Richard Deacon was invited to undertake the commission to the cornice which grows out of the body of the building creating a memorable dialogue between architecture and art. To Jermyn Street a new building and façade of stone is augmented by a vigorous stone sculpture by Stephen Cox at the corner with Eagle Place mediating the street and sky. While the site itself called for a mixed-use project, this part of our intervention now harbours an array of modern retail and work spaces that is perhaps unsuspected from the street, and contributes to the rich architectural dialogue of daily work and shopping with the thriving pace of historic Piccadilly.
Designteam: Eric Parry Architects