Roman House is a redevelopment of one of The City’s first post war office buildings. On the site of the first fatal bomb to land in London during WWII, Roman House, on London Wall, was part of the original Barbican masterplan. As such it was an early development opportunity for commercial offices, wherein lies its historic interest. On one side is part of the original Roman wall which now protects a new public sunken garden. To the other side is the desirable residential enclave that is the Barbican; an ideal location for residential re-use of a redundant office building.
GRID undertook both office and residential layouts, to test viability, and worked with complex daylight/sunlight issues and the Barbican Residents to reach the solution that was lodged with the planners in April 2011 and consented later in that year. Set within a retained concrete frame, a cassette cladding module contains all the requirements (windows, doors, balconies, vents) needed by a modern apartment. The large glazed boxes also allow fine views over the City and the gardens adjacent. Lightweight roof additions are added in a similar but restrained palette of anodised aluminium and stone with some larger roof terraces. An existing basement is reused for car parking and plant. The original Portland stone cladding was retained but here was extensive remodeling of the ground floor office windows to raised apartments with balconies.