Buckle Street Locke
In the Aldgate East neighbourhood of London, Buckle Street Studios is a new thirteen-story high-rise designed by Grzywinski+Pons. Comprising a co-working space, a coffee shop, several meeting rooms, a concept store and 103 compact apartments, the building sits alongside a dense collection of buildings of various heights and styles.
Astutely designed not to disrupt the architectural language around it, the building draws inspiration from the round-headed windows, arched cornices, and rounded corners quoins of the heritage structures on the surrounding streets. It utilises radiused corners and employs a dramatic, contained shift in materials that permits the building to appear more translucent and lightweight as it ascends.
Placing careful consideration into both the inside and the outside whilst designing Buckle Street Studios allowed the designers to create an integrated experience for those passing through it. In the mezzanine of the building, luscious plants sit alongside organic materials and tables designed initially for outdoor use (such as the Terrazzo outdoor table).
The concept store displays a series of elevated vitrines of porcelain and glass surrounded by curved seating, plush sofas, and unique stools that invite visitors to remain in the area - the surrounding furniture as enticing as the curated merchandise.
In the crown of the building are the apartments, which display walls made of clay plaster and a floor made from crossed sawn timber. The interiors are contemporary and comfortable and include a variety of textures and materials that work together in harmony.
The twentytwentyone Contracts team supplied a range of furniture and lighting to support the modern interior, including the Zampa stool and chair, w182 Pastille floor light, Offset stool, Akademia chair, Soft Edge 12 chair, Androgyne Side Table, Terrazzo outdoor table and Lato table.
Aldgate East, London