Redefining the Monument

  • A new commercial building next to the Monument
  • A respectful, dynamic design that improves Monument Yard
  • A distinctive facade that references and complements the Monument

We believe that 11-19 Monument Street will set new occupational standards in terms of design and sustainability.

Neal Pickering
Development director, Skanska

Project Details

Location London, UK
Status Built 2016
Sectors Office,
Area 7,900m²/85,000ft²
Client Skanska Project Development

Built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, the Monument is one of the City’s most famous landmarks. We’ve designed its newest neighbour: a top-quality commercial building with nine floors of Grade A office space, plus ground-floor retail and office provision, and a spectacular roof terrace.

The unique site demands a unique architectural response, one respectful of the Monument and its rich locale. As part of our redevelopment, we’ve reshaped the site’s building lines to create an improved Monument Yard, enlarging the public realm and enhancing the setting of the Monument at once.

We’ve further enhanced this setting with our building’s distinctive south facade, which acts as an impressive backdrop to the landmark. Designed through complex parametric computer modelling, this frontage comprises a full-height curtain of vertical twisted metal ribbons that not only play on the gilded ‘flames’ crowning the Monument, but also offer solar shading and interesting vistas into the new building.

Once complete, this building will redefine Monument Yard and reflect the dynamism of this part of the City. Its facade will be a striking feature – one that complements and enhances the historic sculpture beside it.