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Reed Watts

Reed Watts Architects, London

Curtain Road

Proposals to convert this office building into a new mixture of commercial and residential space carefully work with the key physical and historical features of the existing structure.

Located in the heart of the South Shoreditch Conservation Area, the attractive masonry building will be re-modelled with a new staircase and lift in the centre, simplifying circulation and creating a stack of dual aspect homes with generous natural lighting. The roof is extended and set back on the top floor to create two generous duplex homes.

The handsome elevation onto Curtain Road comprises a tall ground floor with decorated piers and a rhythmic array of windows above, diminishing as they ascend. New works seek to return the fa├žade to its former glory, adding colour and a complimentary palette of materials at high level.