Context/ Shoreditch, in East London: historically a centre for textiles & furniture production, and more recently new creative industries combined with existing neighbourhoods, with a rapidly increasing concentration of new bars and restaurants, all in close proximity to the City. On the Willow Street site, (comprised of a 1970s light industrial building and ramped car park), a new hotel development has been proposed, designed by Ron Arad Architects.
External Landscape Proposals/ To mitigate and enhance the impact of the new building proposals, provision included for significant new wildlife habitat & private/ public outside spaces : 5 horizontal and vertical layers of potential landscape, with street interface. A new public pocket park at street level (East Garden) proposed to replace the existing car park, and protect the only existing tree. The development also proposes to enhance the biodiversity of the site by incorporating planting and nesting places on the roof, cascading balconies, walls, and in the Public Garden at street level. The proposals for the green sedum roof are supplemented with bird and bat boxes. On the balconies, walls, and in the new East Public Garden: contrasting south (sun) and north (shade) elevations are to be enhanced by appropriate planting of fragrant herbs, native shrubs and climbers. Irrigation and water strategy: a combination of rainwater storage tank and permeable paving at street level to substantially provide for the watering requirements of proposed planting layers.
1 East Public Garden/ 2 the planted balconies/ 3 planting along Willow Street / 4 green roof (solar panels + planting) / 5 vertical wall planting on Blackall Street
Ron Arad Architects Building Architect/ remapp Landscape Architect/ Capita Symonds Structural & Civil Engineers/ Hoare Lea M&E/ Willow Sarl Corp Client/ London Borough of Hackney Planning Authority/
2012 – 2013/ design progressed to planning approval + tender.