A warehouse conversion on Redchurch Street, London plays with the division of spaces inside and out, serving private, communal and commercial purposes simultaneously.
London Legacy Development Corporation included Redchurch Street in their Design Quality Policy document as an example of high quality and contextually sensitive design.
“Above, a street-like space runs the length of the warehouse building with each of the apartment’s large pivoting glazed windows opening out on to it. It has a feeling of trying to create the New York stoops Jane Jacobs championed, but in a very different context. On summer days you can imagine neighbours sitting out in front of their homes in this sheltered quiet space within the bustle of busy Shoreditch.”
Laura Mark, Architect’s Journal
This mixed-use development contains two floors of retail at the lower levels and five new apartments above, arranged along two parallel streets, one private and the other facing out to public life.
On the more public side, a series of curtain-like steel fascia hang above the high-end stores below, using industrial materials in an elegant fashion, appropriate to the new role Shoreditch plays in the city.
Along the back of the development communal terraces cascade down the back of the building, providing residents with a shared outdoor space, promoting neighbourly relations.
The traditional warehouse aesthetic of the existing building has been acknowledged and celebrated, with sturdy industrial elements exposed in large, open-plan spaces.
The deep block struggled with natural daylight but now an elongated courtyard threads through the building, acting as an internal street and pulling light to the back of the retail floors.
A series of timber boxes have been scattered across the floors above, containing the bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms for the residents and allowing light from above into every room.
The project demonstrates the practice’s further exploration of private and communal space in a dense urban environment but this time in a commercial context.