Commercial development in Shoreditch, consisting of four connected blocks, offering a variety of office spaces and typologies to accommodate start-up tech companies.
Located at the junction between City Road and Featherstone Street, the Monmouth House development reconciles traditional materials with an ambitious reinforced concrete structure. Materiality and texture are at the core of this project, with the rough textured concrete and irregularities of the brickwork in direct opposition with the contemporary glazed architecture typical in the City.
Hand-laid brickwork and sandblasted precast are revisited to accommodate large spans. Materials and finishes are chosen through careful and sensible sample selection and mock-ups.
Traditional construction methods are tuned up to respond to the current design standards and commercial demands. An apt illustration of the project’s ambitious design is the recessed reception area, which features a big transfer structure with an exposed concrete soffit seemingly shooting past a six metre, double-height curtain wall glazed facade.
Early collaboration with the design team has allowed us to find the perfect compromise between Net Internal Area, thermal performance of the facade and buildability.