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 lively and exuberant area.

The project to redesign two buildings and an urban space, was made possible and driven by Land Securities, they entrusted the project to three different architectural firms, who together were able to communicate and deliver what is now considered a really lively and interesting area for the city.

The design architects involved in this project were Fletcher Priest, Sauerbruch Hutton and Gustafson.

Fletcher Priest

Fletcher Priest’s studio was in charge of the overall project which included the redesign of two important buildings in the area, one of the two buildings was designed by them.

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 architectural studio Gustafson Porter, dealt with the urban design of the space, and thus contributed to giving New Ludgate an unmistakable character.

photo via: Gustafson Porter
photo via: Gustafson Porter

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

photo via: Gustafson Porter
photo via: Gustafson Porter

The area is really very lively: characterized by the presence of offices, shops, restaurants and bars. A combination that makes the place even more attractive.

photo via: Gustafson Porter
photo via: Gustafson Porter

What I like about this project, in addition to the fact that it has provided space and services for the people, is the way these modern structures know how to communicate with  different architectural styles. For example, look at the surrounding buildings or St. Paul’s Cathedral itself.

photo via: Gustafson Porter

These stylistic contrasts, when conceived and designed with a certain criterion, become an interesting solution in this area because they know how to combine the past that has made our history, with contemporary times which represent 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 to tell me about?

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