A striking new hotel has been completed in London’s trendy east end, marking the junction of two of the city’s main arteries (known as the Silicon Roundabout) with an ‘urban resort’ that appears almost as an optical illusion.
AQSO Architects’ Shoreditch Hotel sits on the intersection of Old Street and Great Eastern Street, bridging the lively areas of Haggerston and Shoreditch. As a once-industrial area experiencing an explosive boom in creative startups and tech companies, the building’s design fuses this ancient Roman road’s past, present and future.
The monolithic structure is a cube ‘pinched’ into a sloping black prow, enhancing the angle of the busy junction below, while at street level it reverts to a traditional square base to allow for pedestrian and cyclist flow. This twisting shape, combined with the stark black colouring of the building, make it a shifting, striking landmark that stands out from its neighbours.
Inside, the twisted façades continue with an internal courtyard that floods the building’s heart with light while, in a practical sense, allowing for a spacious drop-off area. Functioning as a mixed-use building, including a hotel, cinema and retail site, the hotel rooms are located around an internal atrium; the building’s structure is compose of ruled surfaces, arches and straight lines which make for consistent room size and shape, despite the building’s pinched outer shell.
You can see more of the Shoreditch Hotel on AQSO’s website here.