Silk District - EH Smith

Silk District


This major regeneration project transforms a former storage facility into a new high-quality neighbourhood. It leads the way for the wider regeneration of Whitechapel, with its design and use of materials creating a fitting and timeless new addition to an established neighbourhood well known for its heritage, street market, vibrant community, and culture.

Straddling two nearby conservation areas, the scheme is set across three building plots with one-third of the site dedicated to a new public realm focusing on connectivity and permeability, introducing new pedestrianised streets and squares. The buildings vary from terraces of townhouses along the cobbled Raven Row, courtyard blocks of up to eight storeys and two towers stepping up to 25 storeys.

The use of three distinct brick types and reconstituted stone creates strong identities for the street frontages facing the existing context, while the addition of two glass and aluminium towers enhances the future townscape of Whitechapel.

Location: London

Architect: Stockwool

Contractors: Mount Anvil