Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre

Boissevain and Osmond, London, 1965


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  • General view    
  • Main shopping concourse    
  • Shop fronts     
  • General interior view    
  • Tower view    
  • Ramps    
  • General interior view    
  • General interior view    
  • Passage connecting escalators    
  • Ramp to basement service areas    
  • Lower passage    
  • Shop fronts     
  • Shop fronts    
  • Site plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Upper ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Long south-north section    
  • Cross west-east section    
  • Perspective    
  • Perspective by night    
  • Model with context    
  • Model    
  • Model by night    
  • Cladding details at 1 and 2    
  • Cladding details at 3 and 4    
  • Cladding details at A, B, C, D and E    

Three-storey shopping centre incorporating individual shops at all levels around internal pedestrian passageways that run centrally within the building

The corridors divide each floor into four areas further subdivided into spaces for shops of a flexible size.

At the ground floor level, sunk below the pavement level, the shops open onto the road sides as well as to the internal passage. The outward setting is limited by a pedestrian terrace with access down ramps or steps from the pavement level or directly from underground facilities.

The top shopping floor is lit by natural light through rooflights (screened by fibrous plaster louvres) and there are large openings in the floor through which light penetrates to the floor below. Car parking space is provided in the basement.

Four vertical service cores containing stairs, service lifts and lavatories are located in a central position on each of the four areas at every level. Two of these vertical cores rise above the shopping level to provide access to an eleven-storey office tower, which is set back from the roads to overcome noise.


  • Begun: 1961
  • Completed: 1965
  • Floor area: 27,000m2
  • Sectors: Office, Retail
  • Tender date: 1960
  • Address: Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6TB, United Kingdom

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