A former industrial site in London’s East End will be getting an uplifting transformation as a twisting commercial, residential and cultural high rise designed by Amanda Levete Architects. Located in Shoreditch, an area that has itself been changing over the past few years, the new building, called the Huntingdon Estate, will utilize natural light to illuminate its interior. Attracting new retail and residential opportunities, the green roofed tower will symbolize the invigorating change the area is undergoing.
Huntingdon’s base will have various sized retail spaces. In an attempt to attract independent retailers instead of chain stores, the Huntingdon will offer capped rents – posing an incredible opportunity for local businesses to thrive. A pedestrian market and gallery are also planned to help enrich the cultural heritage of the East End area.
The twisting residential tower, steps from the Shoreditch tube station, is a myriad of glass and zinc, with various textures and finishes that are cohesive with the architectural surroundings in the area. Responding to solar conditions, the facets of the façade let in optimal daylight, while the twists and turns also minimize solar gain. The tower’s roof will be covered with a resident accessible green park, which not only provides a private respite, but also heightens the tower’s energy efficiency.
Huntingdon Estate will also feature apartments of many sizes, enabling community members of all lifestyles and price ranges to inhabit the energy efficient apartments in the new residential tower.