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Brick Awards 2017: tall brick buildings

The practice’s work on two tall buildings at Aldgate Place, at the western gateway of the Whitechapel Road, has been shortlisted for this year’s Brick Awards.

Selected for the Tall Buildings category, the project’s first two buildings, 26 and 22 storeys tall respectively, opened earlier this year. The towers read as part of the same family, sharing an architectural palette of dusty grey black brick. Their elevations are grids of substantial brick piers which create a visually engaging pattern, allow for generous windows and respond to the context of the historic fabric of Aldgate, Whitechapel and Spitalfields.

Aldgate Place foreshadows more tall brick buildings in London with projects now onsite such as the redevelopment of Keybridge House, which will have the tallest brick tower in Britain, at 37 storeys.

Organised by the Brick Development Association, the Brick Awards celebrate the best use of brick in new British architecture.