The Makers, Shoreditch, N1
Nile Street is a development of 175 new homes, with a co-located college, tucked away from City Road between the vibrancy and dynamism of the Shoreditch area and the financial district of the City of London, providing a quiet retreat within the capital. An interconnected podium and tower, reaching 28 storeys, houses five studio flats, 155 two and three bedroom apartments and a small number of family duplexes with private roof gardens. A generous provision of private communal facilities includes a screening room, two landscaped garden terraces, a gym, a treatment room and three lounges, perfect for ad-hoc meetings. The sensitive modern design conceived by Avanti Architects ensures the building responds to its environment by referencing the surrounding warehouse typology, but reinventing it for contemporary residents.
A breathtaking double-height entrance lobby hosts a 24/7 concierge, providing peace of mind, secure mail and delivery services, and access to bookable facilities. With interior design by Woods Bagot, the material palette takes inspiration from the 1920s - a stunning feature wall, terrazzo flooring, bespoke lighting, custom furniture, brass details and smoked oak chevron floors set the tone for what is to follow.
Designed to foster a sense of community both inside and outside, the shared areas include a lounge where residents can welcome guests, hold informal meetings, work and socialise, a screening room for films and live sporting events, a fully equipped gym and treatment room, and 160 square metres of outside space across two communal roof gardens - landscaped by Grant Associates - perfect for summer parties and alfresco dining. There is secure storage for 335 bikes.
On the ground floor there is also provision for two commercial units, as well as guest WCs. By widening the pedestrianised Jasper Walk, and adding mature trees, plants and benches to create a friendly, welcoming public space ensure the building makes a positive contribution to its local community.