London's Largest Painting: One Crown Place, London

Session: Track A: Best Tall Building Award By Height: 100-199m, Part 1

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Stuart Edwards
Senior Director, CBRE Group, Inc.

Robert Whitlock
Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
New York City

One Crown Place sits at the edge of the City of London in the London Borough of Hackney. It was designed to be deliberately ‘of Hackney’, and not an extension of the City, and as such moves away from the largely glazed office building aesthetic to a textured terracotta façade design.

The design is the product of extensive dialogue with planners. The composition and details are informed by the materials, scale and proportion of the surrounding warehouses in the neighborhood. The overall massing of the building is situated in two parts: the podium and the towers. The podium relates to the more immediate context of adjacent low-rise buildings. The high-rises relate to the scale of the urban context and increase in density.

The mixed-use podium and residential towers are part of a wider development that revives an entire city block. The exterior facades are clad in terracotta, which references the glazed brickwork of the local area, and a historic warehouse façade has been retained and incorporated into the project, on Wilson Street. The high-rise buildings work on multiple scales, from the textured terracotta facades at street level, which extend the full height, to the bespoke screen-printed artwork of the inner facades, inspired by Constable’s cloud paintings, that feature colored panels with hues abstracted from the colors of local weather conditions to interact with the changing sky conditions.

The revived site will provide 24/7 activity that is outward facing to the streets. A new central courtyard provides an interior focus, with access to the residences, a dining space for the hotel, and an amenity space for all building users.