Crown Street Buildings

Leeds. 2005

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2005
  • Cost: £6.1 Million
  • Clients: Welfield Ltd

Crown Street Building is a modern reworking of Leeds’s strapping warehouse buildings, knitting together a complex triangular site – composed of two vacant sides and some retained and reworked buildings – into a comprehensive single piece. The principle gesture of the building’s most visible façade is a gentle concave sweep in deference to the Grade 1-listed Corn Exchange opposite. Three four-storey wings containing fifty-seven through-flat apartments (a transferal of the thinking that was originally developed for Raines Court’s prefabrication) sit atop a ground and basement podium of commercial and retail units. The wings wrap around a central raised courtyard off which first floor apartments are directly accessed. Above, private suspended decks lead to individual doors via a system that inverts where necessary (to create a buffer to the railway, for example). The treatment of the external elevations is robust; smooth, hard bricks emphasised by deep window reveals create a disciplined framework of masonry that holds glazing and coloured Sicilian lava slabs which graduate from yellow through green to blue.

Awards

Housing Design Award 2006 Leeds Architecture Awards 2006 National Homebuilder Design Awards: Best Mixed Use Development 2006 Housing Design Award 2001