We won!

Posted: 30/11/16

We are delighted to announce that we are the proud winners of the FX Design Awards best ‘mixed use development’ award, for our work on Blake Tower for Redrow London. We were also shortlisted for three other categories, including German Gymnasium for D&D London, Baylis Old School for Henley Homes and e-Mart ‘The Life’.

A view of Blake Towers’ marketing suite, photographed by Richard John Seymour.
A view of one of Blake Towers’ bathrooms, photographed by Richard John Seymour.
Bespoke sinks, photographed by Richard John Seymour.
Blake Tower features in the FX Design Awards winners book
Conran and Partners have been appointed by housing developer Redrow London to revive Blake Tower, an iconic Grade II listed building in one of London’s most architecturally significant areas; the Barbican estate. The 17-storey former youth hostel, will be converted into 74 apartments comprising a mix of one, two and three bedrooms, studios and two penthouses. The theme of “Modern Heritage” inspired the project; sensitively drawing on the area’s rich history and cultural spirit. The iconic curve as seen in the Barbican’s unique balustrades are subtly woven into the design details.

Winner of the ‘Mixed Use Development’ category!
A view of the German Gymnasium interior, photographed by Jean Cazals.
German Gymnasium was originally constructed in 1864 for the German Gymnastic Society. We were commissioned to create a glamorous yet democratic contemporary European Grand Café and transform the Grade II-listed building into a unique destination. We worked closely with landlord Argent’s base build team and their architects Allies and Morrison to preserve the building’s core structure, whilst making necessary interventions to prepare it for its new life as a hospitality venue for our client D&D London.

This restaurant has been shortlisted in the ‘Bar or Restaurant’ category.
A view of Baylis Old Schools’ exterior, photographed by Edmund Sumner.
Conran and Partners’ design for developers Henley Homes has seen a Grade II-listed neglected inner-city school saved and transformed into a vibrant and unique new community, creating a bespoke development that draws on its rich history and secures a sustainable long term future for this important set of historic buildings and the courtyard spaces they create. The former school buildings have been restored and converted sensitively to provide bespoke new homes inspired by the 1960’s architecture they occupy, together with complementary and distinctive contemporary new build dwellings.

This project has been shortlisted in the ‘Mixed Use Development’ category.
e-Mart ‘The Life’, photographed by Nacasa and Partners
e-Mart, South Korea’s number one hypermarket retailer, recently unveiled their first home furnishing store. We were commissioned to create both store environment and brand identity. The new homeware brand, known as “The Life”, will retail over 5,000 products thoroughly tailored to the Korean residential market and local lifestyle; from lighting, to living, to garden furniture and accessories. The store is set to be fresh, experiential and inspiring with a fast product cycle to cater for a “trend-savvy” audience. A shop within a shop, The Life has its own identity to that of the wider EMart store and represents its core values; simplicity, sustainability, and approachability.

This project has been shortlisted in the ‘Retail’ category.
To see the full list of awards visit fxdesignawards.co.uk
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