7. The Ark by Ralph Erskine But London being London, there is a lot more to comment on. In Hammersmith, between 1988 and 1992, ralph Erskine constructed the paradigm of what a modern office building should be. Steering well clear of the inflated land prices of the City and taking full advantage of London’s excellent public transport network, the Swedish architect erected a building that seems like a ship run aground in the midst of the surrounding working class terraced housing. If the concept of an Ark always alludes to the dichotomy of the drowned and the saved, once having checked out the stunning views from upper floors there is no doubt about who has fallen on one side or the other. The building is constructed around a central void crossed by walkways that give access to the open areas of meeting rooms. Offices and work rooms are confined to the facade, taking advantage of the better views and light. The entire building is a compendium of Nordic design, amiable and humanized without being dazzling, wide passageways in primary colours and clear signage that advocates sustainability over other formal considerations.