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Architect: Hopkins Architects

13/00166/FULMAJ | Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide an office (Class B1) and retail (Class A1/A3/A4) building comprising basement, lower ground, ground and ten upper floors, together with associated works. (25,439sq.m GEA). | Emperor House & Roman Wall House 35-36 Vine Street & 1-2 Crutched Friars London EC3


Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr


Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr


Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr


Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr


Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr


Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr


Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr

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Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr


Roman Wall House by corerising, on Flickr
 

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Its refreshing to see a building that address's the roof line that's not just a flat plant area. Hopkins are great architects and I expect this to be detailed impeccably.
 

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I'm a fan of Hopkins but I hope he makes the street elevation and treatment more interesting than a plain steel/glass frontage that the City is becoming so attached to. His barrel vault at least is more ambitious than a square top.
 

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http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/07/26/green-light-for-major-city-of-london-student-scheme/

Green light for major City of London student scheme
Grant Prior
4 hours ago

Student accommodation specialist Urbanest has secured planning permission for a mixed-used development in the heart of the City of London.



The Vine street scheme in EC3 will create 643 new student homes alongside affordable offices and innovation space for King’s College London.

It has a GDV of more than £200m.

A new exhibition space, offering public access to a preserved section of London’s original Roman wall, has also been created in partnership with the Museum of London, alongside 75,000 sq ft of commercial offices and 10,000 sq ft of incubator space for start-ups.

As part of the redevelopment, significant new public space will be created on Jewry Street with a new east-west pedestrian route, enabling pedestrians to cut through the site whilst having a view into the exhibition space.

Mark Morgan, Chief Executive Officer at Urbanest, said: “Vine Street supports our strategy of delivering high quality student housing at a range of price points across prominent locations in central London and the blend of innovation space, supporting start-ups, will create an exciting culture of collaboration.

“The development is in the centre of the former Londinium, an important and historic part of the capital’s heritage.

“The public exhibition space we are creating in partnership with the Museum of London, will ensure that everyone can enjoy the Roman Wall, and be a part of the community we hope to foster alongside our university partners at KCL, for years to come.”

 

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Not too sure on this one. Too much glass.
Building in itself is nice enough, but I'm not a fan of such large expanses of glass/ one long wall on the ancient streetscape. It feels like the wrong scale, and the streets end up feeling like back alley ways rather than a street that people use and enjoy.

I'd much rather more effort was put into breaking up the form when you interact with it at street level, but some human scale back in.
 

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It already is mostly back alleys (Jewry street and vine street) so it will certainly improve the local environment. Had been wondering what was going to go here for a while as we just moved into an office in Crutched Friars and this seemed like prime undeveloped boarded up property.
 

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Building in itself is nice enough, but I'm not a fan of such large expanses of glass/ one long wall on the ancient streetscape. It feels like the wrong scale, and the streets end up feeling like back alley ways rather than a street that people use and enjoy.

I'd much rather more effort was put into breaking up the form when you interact with it at street level, but some human scale back in.
i think its an improvement at ground level.


 

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This looks excellent. The roof shape really adds so much to this and is so refreshing to see that such a simple additions can enliven these steel and glass designs so much
It has such an early modernist finnesse to it

And good riddance to another hulking hideous block of post war london
 

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Shame it's not the entire block, there is a massive empty building on the south west end that has been unoccupied for quite a while now that doesn't seem to have anything going on with it. I guess it might be because there would be too much truck traffic if there were 4 buildings all being built/demolished at once in a very small and narrow street scape?
 

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Good video by David Holt on Youtube

Someone told me that during excavations undertaken in the 1970s for the last building on the site (Emperor House), they uncovered a large piece of the Roman Wall but they just hid it away in the basement with no public access. So glad we have more appreciation for these things nowadays and there's going to be a clear view of the Roman Wall from the public realm in the new development.
I also like how Hopkins designed the roof to curve down towards Vine Street as many of the surrounding buildings are different/varied heights. Might also minimize the visual mass of the building + the added benefit of increased daylight on Vine Street I guess.
 
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