Despite being a retrofit project, Here East was the one building on the shortlist to elicit the comment ‘this is the future of architecture’ during judging. It was commended for the way it embodies and combines deep retrofit and offers high flexibility while contributing to wider urban regeneration.
Sited in Stratford, it provides a model for the regeneration of a post-industrial landscape that’s increasingly common. It’s not just relevant to the future of architecture but to the city and society as a whole, offering a very powerful exemplar of positive adaption and urban future-proofing.
“A highly intelligent reuse and reinvention of an existing building, sending out a powerful message about doing more with less.”
Judge AJ100 Awards 2018