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A Vertical Community for London

In a fast-changing neighborhood, a fresh vantage point on high-rise living.

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From loft to high-rise

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The design team was inspired by the variety of living spaces found in some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. “We considered the reasons that Londoners were more interested in living in historic buildings, in Georgian and Victorian architecture,” Kent Jackson says. “Why couldn’t new buildings be as interesting, spatially and architecturally, and give you that same type of character?”

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With its integrated architecture, engineering, and interior design, Manhattan Loft Gardens is a classic product of SOM’s interdisciplinary practice. “As we’re coming up with a concept, we’re working alongside the engineers to understand how we could create this type of space,” says Jackson. Just as essential was the team’s relationship with the visionary developer who sought to achieve something new. “I’d like to think we’re always being challenged as designers,” says Jackson, “but with this project in particular, the rapport with our client enriched the process.”

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Engineering a solution

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Manhattan Loft Gardens under construction, April 2016.

Another feat was optimizing the space around the robust structural framework on the two transfer floors. Usually, a building’s mechanical systems would be housed within these levels. Instead, the design team turned them into some of the building’s most distinctive living spaces. “The steel members are exposed, and the concrete floors and walls were intentionally exposed to better explain the structure of the building to its occupants,” Jackson says. “It was an important way to bring out the character of the building and allow the residents to live within the structure.”

A benchmark for vertical living

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