Toyota UK Headquarters
An enormous corporate campus is scaled-down
to village proportions by a connective and vibrant main street
© Morley von Sternberg
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Sheppard Robson won the RIBA competition
for this new Toyota headquarters building, set in a landscaped
parkland in the south of England on an existing brownfield.
The headquarters provides administration, conference, and
staff welfare facilities and was completed in 2001.
Four, two-story office wings radiate
out from a three-story internal "street," which
houses circulation, informal meetings areas, and support services.
This street links the offices and connects to a three-story
entrance rotunda containing a staff restaurant, conference
facilities, computer suite, and fitness center. Acting as
a showcase for the company as well as a meeting area for staff
and the public, it provides space for the display of automobiles
both at floor level and suspended from the high ceiling. By
locating staircases, elevators, bathrooms and shared interaction
spaces within the street, the main office floorplates are
free to provide flexible, usable spaces to accommodate open
floor plan or cellular offices. This arrangement enables offices
to be free of departmental boundaries, creating simple flexible
spaces for work. Office space merges seamlessly into the street,
removing barriers between the public work areas, maximizing
The building is composed of pre-cast
reinforced concrete clad in a glazed and aluminum curtain
wall system. The exposed concrete structure also utilizes
sustainable elements, including a low-energy ventilation system,
natural ventilation, and passive solar shading. Extensive
use of glazing throughout the building maximizes daylight,
capitalizes on views of the magnificent surrounding landscape,
and creates a vibrant transparency for workers and visitors
150, 000 sq. ft.
London NW1 7PU, UK
T. +44 20 7504 1700
F. +44 20 7504 1701