KPMG European Headquarters, 15 Canada Square, Canary Wharf
Situated in the very heart of the Canary Wharf estate, the new European Headquarters for KPMG opened in November 2010. The 15-storey building is designed to be open and transparent reflecting the ethos of the company. In order to express this value architecturally, the design makes the activities of the building visible to both its internal and external audiences through the use of stacked and “pocket” atria.
The public spaces of the building are connected to the surrounding environment and to one another, fostering a sense of connectivity to the external community while also contributing to the sense of community within the organisation. The design features a full-height atrium clad in high-efficiency, solar-control glass and architectural metal. To encourage staff interaction, blocks of three floors are connected to each other by staircases and a common atrium. With full construction completed in April 2009, the building was handed over to workplace design consultant, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA), for fit out.