Bonhams Auction House, New Bond Street

Client: Colorminium

Glazing contractor: Colorminium

Architects: Lifshcutz Davidson Sandilands

The international headquarters for Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, is located at 101 New Bond Street in the heart of Mayfair.

This building replaced the company’s original headquarters and main London salesroom. Radical and innovative, it was designed to emphasise light and space, with three flexible auction rooms, featuring a temperature-controlled environment and fully flexible lighting.

The auction house is locked into a tight space between New Bond Street and South Molton Street and is surrounded by listed buildings which make the work environment complex and challenging.

Clear Structures was commissioned by Colorminium, which specialises in solutions for complex façades, to design the glass elements for the external refurbishment. These included glass façades with unusual ceramic baguette features, entrance canopies and striking all-glass rooflights supported on glass fins.

The fins supporting the oval rooflights intersect at right angles and were connected with a frameless joint to maintain the appearance of a continuous flow of glass.