The Makers, Shoreditch, N1
The Makers is a new fantastic 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.