62 Paul Street
Situated on the junction of Paul Street and Leonard Street, Stiff + Trevillion has completed a 4,028 sqm mixed-use development.
62 Paul Street includes office, retail and residential space over five storeys in the heart of a Shoreditch conservation area. Significantly, the development incorporates Grade II Listed walls of a neighbouring former church building of St Michael’s and All Angels.
Stiff + Trevillion’s five storey scheme has been designed as a homogenous single building with a continuous façade of floor to ceiling glazing to emphasise the verticality of the block. With an active frontage along the street of retail and café facilities, private residential accommodation and office spaces have access to a lower courtyard formed partially by the historic listed wall. Independent access to the lower ground allows for the potential use as a gallery space.
Speaking to Premier Construction, Andrew Trevillion Founder of Stiff+Trevillion outlined some of Paul Street’s standout elements:
“I think the simplicity is a standout element. There’s a locally listed building opposite that we took a few cues from. It reinstates the old junction of Leonard Street and Paul Street. Now that they’ve brought a food market to that space, it gives the whole area quite an uplift.
“The other issue was the listed wall, part of the old convent that occupied the site, and this was incorporated into our design. It now forms a courtyard at the lower ground floor and a backdrop to the office reception and to the residential entrance and balconies.
“It was a challenge but it was a positive challenge because I think the listed wall informed the building and gave the building some historical memories, rooting it the in the place of Shoreditch. When you go deep into the reception we have a full height window looking down onto the courtyard abutting the listed wall.
The original planning S106 Agreement required an artwork to the Paul Street façade. The new sculpture Stiff+Trevillion designed is representative of the rebirth of the site following the destruction of the ecclesiastical complex by two high explosive bombs during World War II. The only remaining element of the complex was the wall. Part of the process of repairing the wall was to have it laser scanned. From that scan we broke down elements before having it water jet cut into solid aluminium. It’s a fairly modest thing but gives an abstract story of the memory of the site.”
Feedback on the development has been positive since its completion. It will form a critical phase in bringing new coherence and increased public activity to the South Shoreditch area, establishing the area as a vibrant new destination.
Stiff + Trevillion
Stiff + Trevillion is one of the UK’s leading architectural practices. Founded over 30 years ago, Stiff + Trevillion employs a talented group of architects, interior designers and furniture designers. Alongside Paul Street, the practice has worked on a number of award-winning projects. To find out more, please visit www.stiffandtrevillion.com.