An urban artifact for a key vista
Architect and Project Manager – Douglas and King Architects
Project Architect – Chris Perry. ARB. Associate
Quantity Surveyor – Andrew Morton Associates
Clients Agent – John D Wood
Planning Consultant – BNP Paribas
Structural Engineer – Conisbee
MandE Engineers – Flatt
Agent – Stirling Ackroyd
Planning was granted for this community resource building in 2020 following a design programme punctuated by series of pre app and community consultations led by the Architect. Design Management of a large team of consultants was fully managed by the Architect.
The plot is a void in the urban fabric, a vacant site on the main route between Islington and Hackney. The redundant site is at the end of a number of key vistas, on the boundary of two city boroughs, borders a well-known conservation area and is at the junction between two public places. To the East is the Tabernacle Square, a key public space on the route between Old Street Roundabout and the Shoreditch Triangle Conservation Area.
To the East is Tabernacle Square, an urban artefact on the route between Old Street Roundabout and the Shoreditch Triangle Conservation Area. To the North, the site forms part of the Shoreditch Gateway urban space, a public space that is defined by the new Art ‘Otel, the Shoreditch House residential tower and the new 10-storey Picture House that is part of our masterplan proposal for the route between Old Street Roundabout and the Shoreditch Triangle Conservation Area.
A contemporary response draws on the proportions of the historic terraces that neighbour the corner plot. Minimal detailing is balanced against a careful attention to texture and simple form to create a sculpted building that is a symbol of the maturity of Shoreditch.
Douglas and King Architects are assisting agents Sterling Ackroyd in final lease negotiations with a number of high profile but community-orientated occupants. The winning organisation will work with the practice in the final configuration and design of the building.
The design team and delivery of this project is led by Douglas and King Architects. For information on our processes read our blog on creative leadershio by CLICKING HERE