In collaboration with the new owner Tishman Speyer and Encounter Contemporary, the project has also reintroduced a public art programme to the Plaza, with a series of dramatic sculptures alternating in the main public space and a new art gallery at street level. All this ensures that once again, in line with the Smithsons' original vision, the complex can serve the public and the city, as a cultural gathering and focal point for the wider district of St James's.
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Architecture Tour of Smithson Plaza for Christie's LatesLast night, for Christie's Lates, Director Deborah Saunt hosted a talk at the nearby Smithson Plaza, discussing the Smithsons' legacy and showcasing DSDHA's recent restoration of the duo's celebrated complex.Share:
The Smithson's Economist Plaza renovation by DSDHA is revealedThe first phase of DSDHA’s reimagining of the former Economist Plaza has just been unveiled. Completed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1964 for the Economist and acquired by Tishman Speyer in 2016, the iconic development has now been renamed ‘Smithson Plaza’ in honour of the original architects.
As a practice hugely indebted to the Smithson’s work, DSDHA have considered the impact of incremental changes made since 1964 and have assessed what might be preserved and what could be changed. The result is a phased framework that stays true to the original design intent while creating sustainable contemporary workspaces and maintaining this unique public space for the city.
Click here to hear DSDHA Director Deborah Saunt talking to Monocle about the project.Photo: Michael CarapetianShare: