A mixed-use regenerative scheme in the London borough of Hackney has topped out. The 33- and 29-storey residential towers designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for developer MTD Group combine the old with the new, creating a city block activated by multiple uses and architectural styles.
"We're delighted with the progress at One Crown Place," said John Bushell, KPF Design Principal. "This is a truly mixed-use scheme, occupying most of a city block and activated on all sides by a diverse range of uses including 243 residences, commercial and affordable office space, ground floor retail units, a new urban courtyard and a boutique hotel."
An office podium and retail units comprise the contemporary ground plane, rising next to a refurbished Georgian terrace and upgraded 1970's office block. The masonry facade of a Victorian warehouse has also been integrated into the development.
The two towers feature triangular plans and offset cores to maximize views and natural daylight for residents. Building maintenance and mechanical systems have been consolidated to free up roof space for gardens. The building envelope is comprised of glazed terracotta, paying deference to the masonry and brick buildings that populate the neighbourhood. Bespoke screen-printed glass panels also draw inspiration from landscape paintings by John Constable and J.M.W. Turner.
Kohn Pedersen Fox celebrating the topping off with client MTD Group, development manager CBRE and principal contractor Mace at an event on January 16.
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