AQSO Arquitectos‘ Shoreditch Hotel is located on the iconic landmark intersection of old street and great eastern street in East London. The ancient roman street widens on the western side after crossing what is called the silicon roundabout, the intersection of city road, and opens the doors of Shoreditch at Haggerston. This junction is significant not only from the urban fabric’s morphology but also for becoming a regeneration catalyst in this old industrial area influenced by the city of London which has experienced an important creative and artistic boom.
Emphasizing the cycling and pedestrian flow, the facade steps back at ground level; a pointed overhang enhances the angle of the junction to passersby
Emphasizing the cycling and pedestrian flow, the facade steps back at ground level; a pointed overhang enhances the angle of the junction to passersby. The contortion of the form aspires to create a project that is “iconic, but not monumental,” and as the height gradually decreases along its side, the landmark takes on a much more subtle appearance in the adjacent streets.
The proposal features regular ‘checkerboard’ external openings, which speak somewhat to the surrounding context, but more importantly generate a rational structural and internal layout. This allows for economical distribution of rooms throughout the facility and simplifies the complex, twisted facades.
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