Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Hoxton
form part of London’s City Fringe, lying to the east and just outside
the financial core of the capital. They combine to create a vibrant and
diverse mixed use area; a key location for the creative industries, for
small businesses serving the City’s financial institutions, for fashion
and the arts, and for night-time uses. Spitalfields has undergone the
most change, lying adjacent to the City’s boundaries; here, new offices
and retail link with the fine grain urban character of adjacent early
18th Century streets, and their inventively re-used historic buildings.
Shoreditch’s 19th Century former furniture warehouses are
sympathetically converted for small businesses.
and in Hoxton, new homes are being built on top of existing commercial
buildings, while others with roof top additions provide gallery and
studio space. ‘One-off’ private homes designed by new architectural
talent also occupy formerly long vacant infill sites, sometimes
alongside radically designed mixed use buildings executed by young
practices but more often, next to a building unaltered for decades. In
Hoxton too, and putting gentrification issues aside, the longstanding,
ethnically diverse residents still live for the most part in recently
renovated, historically significant social housing.
Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Hoxton continue to experience radical
change, with regeneration projects bringing overwhelming benefits and
new and extended buildings showcasing new architecture that is
sometimes experimental but always sensitive to its location and local
circumstances. The City Fringe is refreshing and exciting, largely
because it successfully synthesises old and new, while maintaining
designed by David Adjaye, Terence Conran, Norman Foster, Maccreanor
Lavington, Matthew Lloyd, Pentagram, Penoyre Prasad, Steven Taylor,
Witherford Watson Mann a.o.