In Aldgate, a new neighbourhood of contextual tall buildings

With medieval origins as an eastern gateway into the City of London, Aldgate and Whitechapel have for centuries been a place of settlement for new arrivals in London. Today the area is rapidly changing and it is seeing yet another influx of new residents.

People have moved into an ensemble of handsome new residential buildings set within this burgeoning context. Designed by the practice for Barratt Homes and British Land, Aldgate Place occupies a prominent site on the eastern fringe of the Square Mile and across the street from the Whitechapel Gallery. As a piece of city, the project will create new walkable links providing connections between Leman Street, Commercial Street and Whitechapel Road.

The architecture aims to stand out yet also fit in, projecting its own discrete identity while supporting the continuity of the urban fabric which surrounds it. Cast in dusty brick punctuated by horizontal masonry, the residential towers share an architectural vocabulary and material palette which is inherently contextual to its central London milieu. A light coloured hotel building, unusually freestanding for a central London location, provides an element of contrast at the heart of the scheme.