free-office space at all levels. It has a sculptural main
circulation staircase designed for good visibility from
the core, and a reception in a traditional palette of
stone, bronze and walnut. Lift shafts, in translucent
glazing, provide both a source of light and movement,
with the cars casting shadows as they rise and descend.
The artwork was developed in response to a brief that
sought both a focal point and a device to introduce
reflected light into the depth of the building. ‘This
was a fantastic opportunity to work in conjunction
with WilkinsonEyre and add a new dimension to the
daylight concept of 8 Finsbury Circus,’ says Lowings.
The integrated artwork conceals and supports the
intake for air-handling machinery in the basement,
enabling the flow of air through the void space. It also
hides an otherwise unexceptional party wall view at
the eastern side of the building.
Opposite and above: the artwork was designed specifically for
a slender void running the full height of the 10-storey building,
affording a partial view from each floor
Overleaf: a traditional palette of stone, bronze and walnut is used in the
reception, which provides views into the lower levels of the light well