The Stage, Shoreditch
London, United Kingdom
Square Footage: 1,000,000
The Stage Shoreditch is a mixed use scheme, at the edge of the City and at the heart of the emerging tech cluster in Shoreditch. The scheme comprises a 37-storey residential tower, two commercial office buildings, a startup office building, a refurbished viaduct building, 32,668 square feet of retail accommodation and a visitor’s centre associated with the archaeological remains of the Elizabethan Curtain Theatre, where Henry V premiered. The masterplan is set out as a perimeter block enclosing a new one acre plaza with the treasure laid in the centre the new archaeological exhibition space for Curtain Theatre. Six new routes in to the site separate each new building block and create glimpse views through the site, allowing for passersby to have a chance to ‘discover’ the hidden gem within.
Marking the skyline is the landmark residential tower, clad with embossed bronzed anodised aluminium skin that subtly changes with the movement of the sun. Divided into two towers and connected by “the canyon”, the dramatic lightwell that shapes the inclined form of the tower and brings in natural daylight, views and natural ventilation to the common circulation lobbies on each floor.
The two main office buildings bookend the three retained historic buildings and faces conservation areas on the opposite side of Curtain Road. The office buildings are inspired by the Shoreditch vernacular ‘warehouse grid’ expressed on the façade. The materials sensitively complement local materials and colours, with an expressed fair face concrete grid, metal frame and warm terracotta solar shading briesoleil. The public space carefully connects the surrounding area, the visitor attraction, public space and retail offering and act as a catalyst in the rejuvenation of this vibrant inner city area.