Photographer's Note

It’s good to see that nowadays not every new building we see is not brand new but often refurbished. Although described as a ‘modernist behemouth’ it has been transformed into a modern and beautiful building.
A famous person to be associated with Baker Street (221b) was Sherlock Holmes, a famous fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He is the creation of Scottish-born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skilful use of "deductive reasoning" while using abductive reasoning (inference to the best explanation) and astute observation to solve difficult cases.

It is hard to believe that the building now standing at 55 Baker Street once blighted its surroundings. But the 93,000 sq m scheme, once M&S’ 1950s-built headquarters, formed an impenetrable wall between Baker and Rodmarton Streets and helped wither the strip. Meanwhile, nearby Marylebone and Oxford Street flourished. Perhaps it is even partly to blame for Jerry Rafferty’s mournful song which uses Baker Street as a metaphor for loneliness and isolation.
At any rate, the last thing Ian Lomas, project architect from Make, wanted to do when he got the 2005 commission to transform the modernist behemoth into a speculative office development, was to cause more fuss and bother to the local populace. He decided to take the bold step of leaving most of the building in place and carrying out a refurbishment (albeit a sculptural one) rather than a knock-down-and-build-afresh. It was a bold move for developer London & Regional.

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