Principal Tower London Building, Shoreditch

Principal Tower London Tower Building, Shoreditch Design by Foster + Partners, Images

Principal Tower Shoreditch Building

New 50-storey residential tower in England, UK – design by Foster + Partners Architects

13 Jan 2020

Principal Tower London Building News

Location: Principal Place, Worship Street, Shoreditch, London, England, UK

Principal Tower completion concludes Principal Place masterplan

Principal Place Shoreditch, London residential by Foster + Partners Architects

Photos by Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Principal Tower London building in Shoreditch

The completion of Principal Tower is the final piece of the Principal Place masterplan, a comprehensively planned mixed-use scheme on the border of Shoreditch and the City of London that creates a thriving new neighbourhood, drawing on the rich industrial heritage of the area.

Principal Tower London building in Shoreditch

It comprises a 15-storey office building that hosts the London headquarters for Amazon, alongside one of London’s tallest residential buildings, the 50-storey Principal Tower, with six eateries that wrap around the building at street level and a light bar, creating a 360-degree active frontage that extends the vibrancy of the City towards the north.

Principal Place residential:
Principal Place Shoreditch, London residential by Foster + Partners Architects

Grant Brooker, Director at Foster + Partners, commented: “The phenomenal rise of Shoreditch as the new, vibrant part of London marries perfectly with the development of Principal Place and the completion of Principal Tower. We’re delighted that the final project so closely mirrors our original vision, where the tower was designed to create a liveable and distinctive addition to London’s beautiful skyline.”

Principal Place residential:
Principal Place Shoreditch, London residential by Foster + Partners Architects

Principal Place Shoreditch, London residential by Foster + Partners Architects

Principal Place Shoreditch, London residential by Foster + Partners Architects

Principal Place Residential

The relationship between the creative, formerly industrial east end and London’s financial centre is expressed in the tower’s massing, which appears as three slim volumes. Where the tower addresses the residential neighbourhood of Shoreditch, it appears lower from ground level, while from the west it reflects the high-rise nature of the City. A central volume rises up between the two to provide an elegant marker on the skyline.

Principal Place Shoreditch apartments by Foster + Partners Principal Place Shoreditch apartments by Foster + Partners

The 50-storey building offers a variety of apartment sizes, topped by spectacular penthouses on the top. Designed from the inside-out, there are eight apartments on a typical floor: four two-bedroom apartments that occupy the main corners of the plan, and four one-bedroom apartments. The square floorplate has been extended in the centre of two sides to create a cruciform plan and most importantly eight corners, each one of which forms a curved balcony.

Principal Place Shoreditch spiral stairs by Foster + Partners

By maximising the perimeter in this way, all the units on the typical floors are dual aspect, with a very efficient plan that places the entrance at the heart of the apartment to eliminate unnecessary corridors. The bedrooms are enclosed by solid cladding panels for privacy, while the remainder of the apartment is fully glazed and protected by shading fins.

Principal Place Shoreditch tower building Principal Place Shoreditch apartments by Foster + Partners

Every apartment has a curved balcony at the corners that provides a double aspect with bronze exterior detailing – externally, this softens the tower’s profile, adding a rich texture, and creates a residential scale that contrasts with typical City buildings that surround it.

Principal Place Commercial

Principal Tower London building in Shoreditch

Principal Tower London building in Shoreditch

Providing 85,000 square-metres of flexible premium office space, the office building houses the UK headquarters of Amazon. The primary entrance to the building opens out onto a new plaza, creating an active interface with the surrounding urban environment, and generating a place that establishes connections within the community.

Principal Tower London Shoreditch garden

Principal Tower Shoreditch dining by Foster + Partners Architects

Internally, the building is designed as a 21st century warehouse that responds to the changing nature of the workplace, offering a more interactive and flexible model. Spanning over 100 metres, the innovative office floors allow for an exciting mix of spaces that operate at different scales, from large open-plan areas to small pockets of space that enhance collaboration and creativity.

Three ‘wing cores’ on the north and south façades provide points of natural contraction that impart a spatial rhythm to the interior volume, which is clearly articulated on the building’s façade. Its segmented form responds to Shoreditch’s industrial built heritage, bringing a sense of continuity to the streetscape as you move from the City to the north.

Principal Tower Shoreditch interior space by Foster + Partners Architects

Principal Tower Shoreditch atrium by Foster + Partners Architects

The refined materiality of metal and glass offers a unique texture to the building, with an expressed bronze structural frame that references the historic cast iron structures found in the area.

Principal Tower Shoreditch by Foster + Partners London, UK

Principal Tower Shoreditch canopy by Foster + Partners Architects

“Concord London, Brookfield and Multiplex were the perfect partners for this project, each bringing a wealth of residential experience and a real attention to detail. We hope that the Principal Place project will continue the spirit of this regeneration and be a positive contribution to the area that surrounds it,” added Brooker.

Principal Tower Shoreditch interior by Foster + Partners Architects

Principal Tower Shoreditch bike store by Foster + Partners Architects

Photographs: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Principal Tower London Building in Shoreditch images / information courtesy Foster + Partners

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