The mixed-use scheme for the Huntingdon Industrial Estate in the heart of London’s East End proposed the transformation of a former industrial site into an innovative and energised commercial, cultural and residential centre.
London is a city that continues to evolve and re-invent itself, and Shoreditch is an intrinsic part of this. The density and diversity, and the innovative and creative spirit which defines this area, is reflected in the mixed residential and business communities that inhabit it, and the varying scales of building that surround it. AL_A’s design for Huntingdon addresses this complex urban context, and draws on the site’s vibrancy and pivotal position on the City fringe.
The commercial plinth and slim residential tower structure complement the surroundings by responding to the duality inherent in the site. The tower, twisting elegantly as it reaches upwards, responds to solar conditions throughout the day enabling optimum daylight for new and existing homes, and minimising unwanted solar gain.