RIBA London Award

8 St James's Square, London | Eric Parry Architects

The site strategy is a model of confident leadership in its urban planning and architecture. The decision to build lower than the previous building - for the compositional benefit of the square and the immediate neighbour, is both enlightened and canny, delivering a sensitive ensemble with an increased net area of fine quality space.

This is a wonderfully crafted building that sits well within a sensitive context. The materiality of the building is both playful yet respectful to its surroundings, the varying scales and window types are a bold, brave move that illustrate masterful skill and original thinking. There are many beautiful, subtle details, such as the tilting glass in the windows and the granite surrounds to the ground floor windows.

Source: RIBA