Blake Tower
Redrow London
Interiors
 
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 1960’s building, one of the finest examples of British Brutalist architecture, will be converted into 74 apartments. A former youth hostel, the new homes will be a mix of one, two and three bedrooms, studios and two penthouses to encourage a range of different buyers to the area.

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, from a striking brass screen in reception, to bespoke bathroom sinks and curved brass door handles.
 
The distinctive material palette of pick-hammered concrete, ceramic tile and terrazzo are complimented by a warm, soft and tactile material composition of timber floor, smooth white plaster and refined brassware inspired throughout the Barbican estate.

The apartments have been strategically planned to reveal the building’s original architectural anatomy. Private bedroom and bathroom spaces are cocooned by existing concrete walls with circulation and public living spaces planned openly around them.
 
Photography by Richard John Seymour and Luke Hayes
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 1960’s building, one of the finest examples of British Brutalist architecture, will be converted into 74 apartments. A former youth hostel, the new homes will be a mix of one, two and three bedrooms, studios and two penthouses to encourage a range of different buyers to the area.

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, from a striking brass screen in reception, to bespoke bathroom sinks and curved brass door handles.
 
The distinctive material palette of pick-hammered concrete, ceramic tile and terrazzo are complimented by a warm, soft and tactile material composition of timber floor, smooth white plaster and refined brassware inspired throughout the Barbican estate.

The apartments have been strategically planned to reveal the building’s original architectural anatomy. Private bedroom and bathroom spaces are cocooned by existing concrete walls with circulation and public living spaces planned openly around them.
 
Photography by Richard John Seymour and Luke Hayes
 
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We have been inspired by the historical, architectural and cultural characteristics of the Barbican to create a fresh, exciting and crafted design. A collection of apartments which have ‘A Modern Heritage'. We celebrate and reveal the buildings iconic hammered concrete finish in a controlled manner giving the apartments authenticity and character.
 
Simon Kincaid, Director Conran and Partners
Awards
 
 
 
AJ Retrofit Awards
Retrofit Housing Category
 
2017
Blake Tower
Shortlisted
 
 
FX Award
Mixed Use Development including A refurbishment
 
2016
Blake Tower
Winner
 
 
Blueprint Awards
Best non public Project - Residential
 
2016
Blake Tower
Shortlisted
 
 
Sunday Times British Homes
Conversion/upgrading, embracing office to residential conversion
 
2016
Blake Tower
Shortlisted
 
 
International Design Excellence Awards
Shows Flats & Developments
 
2016
Blake Tower
Shortlisted
 
 
New London Award
Conservation & Retrofit
 
2016
Blake Tower
Shortlisted
 
 
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