One Bishopsgate Plaza/PLP Architecture
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Text description provided by the architects. One Bishopsgate Plaza is the first high-rise residential and hospitality development to be built in the city in recent years and represents a bold commitment to the area’s continued vitality. The site includes a new 43-storey tower to house the hotel and residential use, along with a renovated and expanded Victorian building on Devonshire Row housing restaurant, office and retail space. The retail units open directly onto both the street and the new public space.
The development is situated in a unique location between the bustle of the city and the vibrant residential areas around Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane Market to the east. It acts as a mediator between these contrasting neighborhoods, laying new routes to and through the site for local residents and visitors alike. The welcoming and accessible environment created by a new plaza – the largest along Bishopsgate – has created a vibrant public realm that helps draw people in, contributing to the city’s ambitions of being a 24-hour destination while taking advantage of the increased foot traffic associated with the Post-COVID returns to offices and the new Crossrail station to open next year.
The five-star Pan Pacific London hotel is located on the lower floors of the tower and offers 237 luxurious rooms with interiors by the well-known practice Yabu Pushelberg. Above that, 160 Sky Residences have open, flexible layouts and full-height glazing that provide dramatic views of the surrounding area. A range of public and private facilities are scattered throughout the site, including the underground Pacific Ballroom below the plaza, a dedicated Wellbeing Floor, gymnasium and cafes and restaurant facilities for guests and residents.
The tower has been designed to reflect the quality and ambitions of the overall development, with extensive glazing with bronze louver screens in various configurations providing aesthetic differentiation and architectural refinement to the overall form. Stepping back as it rises, the building accommodates terraces and other amenities and provides a visual contrast to the more solid and blocky shapes of nearby towers.
The 144-year-old Devonshire House has been carefully reconsidered and extended, with shops, a restaurant and cocktail bar – tucked under a dramatic shell-like curved aluminum and glass free-arched roof. Part of the building has been meticulously replicated using the original materials and construction methodology to match the existing building, and a monumental facade has been repaired and reintegrated using traditional craftsmen and techniques.
One Bishopsgate Plaza works holistically to embrace the City of London’s goals of becoming a more inclusive place to meet, live, work and explore. It stands as a bold new step for visiting and living in the city and supports its future growth as a global center for international business and leisure.