John Lewis, Newbury

Facade

Andrew Moor Associates designed the unusual glass cladding panels for the facade of the recently opened ‘John Lewis at home’ store in Newbury. There are more than 75 square metres of these beautiful flowing panels that form an integrated part of the cladding of the building as well as creating the illusion that behind the glass facade there are enormously long soft flowing curtains. In reality there is nothing but concrete behind these glass walls. It is this use of glass to turn this two dimensional flat surface into a soft three dimensional illusion that is unique. This use of images in glass is an excellent way for any building to assert its brand without using obviously brash graphics. Public Art of this sort wins the hearts and minds of all parties. The cost is modest, the effect is subtle but large, and the art integrates itself into the space as if it had always been there, adding something but not desperate for attention.