Crown jewel: One Crown Place hosts a distilled collection of Wallpaper* Handmade projects

The One Crown Place
The One Crown Place development incorporates a pair of towers offering 246 high-end apartments, while a Georgian terrace will house a boutique hotel and a private members’ club for residents at KPF
(Image credit: John Bushell)

Joining the ranks of Mayfair, Shibuya and Tribeca, Shoreditch is fast becoming one of the world’s most sought-after addresses. Rubber-stamping the east London district’s cultural journey from Victorian slum land to 21st-century luxury destination is One Crown Place, an ambitious £500m development. Fittingly for the culturally minded concept, it currently hosts a distilled collection of Wallpaper* Handmade projects.

Intent on creating a London landmark, the project’s Malaysian developer, AlloyMtd, commissioned international firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), whose portfolio features some of the world’s most spectacular modern buildings, including the Heron Tower in London, the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and One Vanderbilt, the second tallest skyscraper in New York. KPF’s task was to design two residential towers comprising 246 private apartments (with interiors designed by Bowler James Brindley and Studio Ashby) located above a podium office space to meet the requirements of modern day occupiers who want to live and work in the same area.

kitchen with bar stools and shelves

A shared kitchen in the residents' amenity space

(Image credit: Studio Ashby)

Alongside the twin skyscrapers, a sensitively restored 22,000 sq ft row of Georgian houses will be home to a residents’ clubhouse and a boutique hotel. Reflecting the tones of the Georgian buildings’ brickwork, One Crown Place’s towers will be clad in terracotta. ‘This project means a very great deal to me,’ says John Bushell, principal at KPF. ‘We are a modernist firm and embrace modern architecture, but we feel buildings should have soul, character, humanity and a rich spatial experience. Our vision for One Crown Place was to respect its context, using the buildings and materials of the past, and evolve this into an innovative design that will transform the area.’

Living room and kitchen view in a dual aspect apartment

Living room and kitchen view in a dual aspect apartment.

(Image credit: Bowler James Brindley)

Reflecting the project’s cultural commitment, the development’s marketing suite is currently playing host to a boutique edition of Wallpaper* Handmade. Featuring a specially curated, distilled collection of items selected from our annual salute to creativity, craftsmanship and collaboration at Salone del Mobile in Milan, Wallpaper* Handmade at One Crown Place will include contributions from the likes of Christophe Delcourt, Agresti, Kristina Dam and Gaia & Gino.

The collection of pieces, exhibited in pairs and showcased over 12 months during 2017, is now open for viewing. Investors, entrepreneurs, high-minded homemakers, international hipsters and local cutesters, you’re all welcome. This is Shoreditch, after all…

As originally featured in the March 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*216)

The Wallpaper* Handmade jolie chair

The Wallpaper* Handmade exhibitio includes past projects, such as the ’Jolie Jolly’ chair, by Thierry Dreyfus and Yota Design. 

(Image credit: Leandro Farina)

The Wallpaper* Handmade Rock Garden’ soap

‘Rock Garden’ soap, by Pelle and ER Butler & Co.

(Image credit: Carl Kleiner)

Host’ luggage rack

’Host’ luggage rack, by Apparatus and Alma.

(Image credit: Carl Kleiner)

Table Jewel’ candy bowls

’Table Jewel’ candy bowls, by Cora Sheibani and Hamilton & Inches.

(Image credit: Richard Gaston)


One Crown Place is a development by AlloyMtd Group, with CBRE acting as development manager and sales broker for the residential and commercial units. For more information, visit the One Crown Place website, or call CBRE on 44.20 7205 2697


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London EC2A 2ER


Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).