Old Street, London, UK 2016
William Paul were appointed in late May 2016 to prepare a detailed planning application for the site. Our proposal replaces the existing three storey building with a new nine storey building with basement. The site sits on a prominent junction where Shoreditch’s historic East Road, Nile Street and Vestry Street converge.
The internal arrangements of the typical proposed apartments take advantage of the almost 360 degree aspect. The plan with all services, bathrooms and kitchen clustered in the centre of the plan allows glazing to all three sides and panoramic views towards the City.
The proposal defines the junction of Vestry Street, Nile Street and East Road, forming a focal point and landmark building on this nodal point on a key artery.
Brick piers and large openings reference the existing warehouse buildings to the right on Vestry Street, tieing the building into its context, while large areas of glazing present a modern addition to the street scene. The design takes the rationalist architecture of the 1930’s and 40’s such as Terragni’s Casa del Fascio in Lake Como as a point of reference, and also visually refers to the historic industrial buildings and warehouses of Shoreditch.
Tapering brick piers reduce to zinc clad fins to the top floor providing a distinctive and elegant appearance to this landmark building on a key artery to the City.
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