Vision and design in the East End
Find out about the design inspiration behind two of our most stylish developments.
Creating buildings with ‘depth and delight’
In the creative heart of the East End, two developments, WME8 and Eagle Wharf Road are just over a mile apart via a stroll along the Regents Canal. They share not only lively and bustling residential locations, but also a design approach that builds upon the industrial history of the area.
Buckley Gray Yeoman, the architects behind these two developments are Shoreditch originals. Based in east London since the practice was established in 1997, they aim to create architecture that balances depth and delight. A meaningful interpretation of the local landscape is reflected in the overall design, while the use of quality material creates the joy of a stylish home that is built to last.
With multiple awards from RIBA, Architects’ Journal, Shueco, Surface Design and others, the practice is listed 48 in the AJ100 group of the largest architecture practices in the UK.
Stylish warehouse living
With its industrial aesthetic, Buckley Yeoman Gray has created a strong design at Eagle Wharf Road, but the development also personifies the combination of quality and craft required to create a luxurious and productive environment for the people who live and work there: Impressive ceiling heights and Crittal-style windows that reach 4 metres at ground level and 2.8 metres elsewhere, creating a real sense of space, while skylights add even more natural light and the exposed concrete frame evokes a classic warehouse feel throughout the building. Luxurious interiors include zoned underfloor heating and German engineered kitchens, as well as integrated Sonos sound systems and Quooker boiling water taps.
The canal as destination
Anthony Holness, Architect at Buckley Gray Yeoman describes how the team wanted to build upon the canal as a destination in its own right when they created WME8:
“The building is formed of two connected forms which reach a seven-storey apex on the corner of the site to emphasise the prominent corner location and maximise residential views across Regents Canal. We also placed large double-height commercial units at ground level that look out onto the canal.”
“For the forty residential units, we carefully considered their location to increase privacy and access to natural daylight, with a central green roof enhancing the visual aspects and amenity value for residents and access to a large communal terrace deck at the rear allowing for 85% of units to be dual aspect, whilst enhancing privacy between facing units.”
Work and living space in one destination
Both the internal and external design of these buildings respect the area’s history and their immediate surroundings; taking into account nearby listed buildings, and choosing materials that would add an architectural asset to this landmark location. However, they also look to the future of living and working in the East End, creating a refined industrial aesthetic in the residential units and providing commercial spaces that are designed to appeal to the micro and small businesses which are typical of the area.
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