New Ludgate: a surprising area in the heart of London

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In 2015 the neighborhood near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, became an alive and exuberant block.

The project has allowed us to realize, it was wanted by Land Securities and saw the design of two buildings and an urban space entrusted to three different architectural firms, who were able to communicate to hand over what is now considered a really lively and interesting area for the city.

The project involved studies were those of Fletcher Priest, Sauerbruch Hutton and Gustafson

Fletcher Priest

Fletcher Priest’s studio was in charge of the overall project that just included the presence of two important buildings in the area intended for the project, they themselves took care of the design of one.

photo via: Fletcher Priest
photo via: Fletcher Priest

Sauerbruch Hutton

Sauerbruch Hutton’s studio was involved in the design of the second building.

Sauerbruch Hutton

Gustafson Porter

The third and final studio, Gustafson Porter’s, worked on the urban design of the space, so that it would help give the New Ludgate an unmistakable character.

photo via: Gustafson Porter
photo via: Gustafson Porter

The walkway that was created between the buildings and leads to a common square, was coated with an embossed geometric pattern that leads precisely to the focal point of the square, which is has a floral installation of tulips.

photo via: Gustafson Porter
photo via: Gustafson Porter

The area is very much alive; it is characterized by the presence of offices, shops, restaurants and bars. A context that makes the place even more attractive.

photo via: Gustafson Porter
photo via: Gustafson Porter

What I like about this project is that it has provided space and services meant for the people, is the way these modern structures know how to communicate with a different architectural style. For example, look at the front buildings or the same one, St. Paul’s Cathedral.

photo via: Gustafson Porter

The stylistic contrasts when designed with a certain criterion are one of the most interesting solutions because they combine pastimes that have made our history, with contemporary times, representing our present.

photo via: Gustafson Porter

What do you think about it? Do you like this project? And what do you think about the mix of past and contemporary styles? Do you have other examples for me?

 

 

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