The Kodak Building

J. J. Burnet, London, 1911


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The main facade viewed from the Kingsway 

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  • The main facade viewed from the Kingsway    
  • The main entrance viewed from the Kingsway    
  • The Kodak shop interior    
  • The reception hall on the first floor    
  • The reception hall on the first floor    
  • The reception hall on the first floor    
  • First floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    

Six-storey modern office block designed as the European headquarters of the Kodak company, fronting onto a new street built on a recently cleared slum site

The building houses a shop, offices, a warehouse, storerooms, dark rooms and printing rooms for the photographic company.

The Kingsway facade is clad in Portland stone on a Norwegian granite base; the Keeley street side is of heather red bricks; the Wylde Court side is of white glazed bricks.

The main entrance, accessed off the centre of the Kingsway leads through to a marble vestibule and then on to the Kodak shop. A marble staircase leads from the vestibule to the first floor reception area. This is a large, open space with a marble and mosaic floor and screens made from wood and glass that provide glimpses of and access to various private rooms.

The board room is lined with Spanish mahogany and there are marble columns throughout. There is a subtle difference between the public areas (the Kodak shop) with floors made of oak blocks while the private offices are of linoleum.


  • Begun: 1910
  • Completed: 1911
  • Sectors: Office, Retail
  • Address: 61 Kingsway, Holborn, London, WC2B 6EX, United Kingdom

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