Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, Guy’s Tower is the world’s tallest hospital. 40 years on, the building was starting to deteriorate and a complete architectural overhaul was needed. The book is a testament to this extraordinary development in one of London’s prime locations. More+
The project brought together a team of partners – all brilliant in their field – to bring about the tower’s new lease of life. These were: lead contractor Balfour Beatty, project managers Arup, architects Penoyre & Prasad, with Essentia acting as core leadership throughout.
Certain architectural changes were fundamental such as replacing concrete facades and dilapidated windows. However, an ingenious series of panels were used to clad the tower that not only acted as decoration but more critically retained heat and strengthened the facades.
The book design integrated this feature – the cover extends and wraps around the text block mirroring the cladding and its forms. Details, such as the binding and stitching of the book are left on view to reveal its workings as a feature. We commissioned inspiring architectural photography, trawled the archives, worked with Totalcontent on the words and managed production through to delivery.
The book was launched in conjunction with a film by Forward Slash Films at the opening and has been seen as a seminal book in the Trust’s history.