Quinn Architects

Project QA150
Title Barbican Cromwell Tower
Location London
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  • A new language for a Barbican Type 3 tower flat interior, this small but intimate scheme is neither preservation or a completely new architectural language.

    This small but intimate scheme is neither the sole preservation of the existing details or a completely new architectural language. A focus on clear, practical and flexible living was key to this design, with a reductive approach to selected original elements to allow better use of the spaces. 

    We have great respect and affection for Barbican detailing, having conducted extensive historical research into the Grade 2 listed estate. For this particular residence, primary materials were introduced throughout each room such as oak, terrazzo and white lacquered cabinetry.

    The door frames are based on the elegant proportions of the original internal shadow-gap but refer to quality found on the external Iroko hardwood windows and doors. The skirting was evolved in timber after a visit to the Aalto house and studio in Helsinki, an important reference for the original Architects. The bespoke kitchen has been designed as an evolution of the original Barbican galley kitchen with some improvements. 

    The scheme attempts to show a thoughtfulness and direction of how these important interiors can be updated and modernised while still respecting the original architectural character and atmosphere. These new spaces sit happily along side original interiors through a shared knowledge and a close attention to detail.