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Manhattan Loft Gardens

By Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Client Manhattan Loft Corporation

Awards RIBA London Award 2021

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Manhattan Loft Gardens, previously The Stratford, which comprises a hotel and private accommodation, impressively challenges the tower typology. Its architecture responds to a forty-five degree desire line across the site that was highlighted in Stratford’s early masterplan. Signalled by exhilarating cantilevers, this desire line defines striking cut-away terraces at high level for the occupants, where they can enjoy the sun, fresh air, and incredible views across London. Each terrace has a different character and orientation, attracting users at different times of the day and helping to fulfil the brief for a vertical village. From a distance, the cut-aways create an elegant skyline, lending the building dynamism and poise.

The terraces begin at ground level with a welcoming garden adjacent to Stratford International Rail Station. Visitors are led through the bright, glazed threshold to a grand, double-height lobby where the hotel and resident communities can mingle.

Away from the main lobby, the building’s crinkled facade responds dynamically to the sun to reduce solar gain. Depending on your viewpoint, it is either solid or transparent, an aesthetic that gracefully breaks down the mass of the architecture at both macro and micro scale.

The homes and rooms behind this facade enjoy full-height glazing and openable windows for mixed-mode ventilation. Apartments are generous in size, and in the mid-section of the tower are intriguingly split-level, unusual in a building of this type.

The Stratford is unique, a welcome addition to this part of London. Its terraces and facade respond appropriately to its local context and orientation. Its sky gardens, double-height accommodation, and mixed hotel and resident communities are both visually and experientially successful, challenging the norm for residential towers.

Internal Area 38,225 m²

Contractor Bouygues UK

Structural Engineers Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Europe)

Landscape Architects Randle Siddeley

Environmental / M&E Engineers Hoare Lea

Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant DBK Partners Ltd

Acoustic Engineers Sandy Brown Associates LLP

Lighting Design Paul Nulty Lighting Design

Project Management CORE FIVE LLP

Access Consultant David Bonnett Associates

Infrastructure Consultant Arup

Sustainability Consultant Greengage

Transport Consultant WSP

CDM Coordinator Bureau Veritas

Approved Building Inspector Bureau Veritas

Façade Consultant WSP

Art Commission Petroc Sesti and Paul Cocksedge Studio

Interior Design Studio KO, Space Copenhagen and LSI Architects

Hotel Operator Manhattan Loft Corporation

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