King John Court Apartments, London
A mixed-use residential building in the heart of Shoreditch, influenced
by local historic workhouses and factories.
The design refers to key features from the local context, utilising full height windows, double height spaces at ground level and a robust material palette. Dark grey engineering brick and deep window reveals reflect the industrial feel of the neighbouring streets and the consistent rhythm of the piers emphasizes the verticality of the building. The curved tip of the building steps down to address the scale of its context, completing a triangle of existing historic ‘bullnose‘ buildings.
The proposal is organised with double height café and restaurant spaces at the lower levels, addressing a bustling outdoor market, with high-quality residential space above. The internal layout of the apartments has been organised to provide flexibility for their users. All living, kitchen and dining areas are open plan and dual aspect with full height windows throughout to maximise natural daylight. Where possible, the second bedroom has a removable partition in order to open the space up to the living area.
A rooftop garden and balconies provide external space to the apartments, accessible through full height sliding glazed doors. A planted screen and raised beds on the roof garden create privacy from passing Overground trains.
The scheme is currently under construction and due for completion in mid-2017.
NLA Awards Shortlisted 2014
Planning Approval July 2013
BREEAM Excellent 2011
Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4