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Textured dark concrete façades mark out new block by Lyndon Goode

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The mixed-use building in Hackney consists of 16 flats above a restaurant

The Lanterna building is sited on a new square and has been designed as a ’gateway’ to the Fish Island Village development.

Textured hand-cast concrete panels inlaid with a herringbone pattern wrap the building, the large openings and repeating frame inspired by the local industrial vernacular.

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3 lanterna rorygardiner 204

The building is raised on a podium to resolve the level change between a new pedestrian bridge and the public square. As a backdrop to this square, a 5m-high, glass-fronted restaurant space, set back under a colonnade, has been designed at ground-floor level. At upper levels, large balconies are intended to act as outdoor living rooms.

The design was procured through a London Legacy Development Corporation-led competition that engaged six practices on Peabody’s Small Projects framework. The competition was judged by Peabody and masterplanner Haworth Tompkins, and won by Lyndon Goode Architects.

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6 lanterna rorygardiner 007

Architect’s view

As the signature building at the gateway to Fish Island Village, there was an aspiration from both Peabody/Hill and the LLDC to bring forward the highest quality of design. We developed a competition-winning design for Lanterna that delivers just this; responding to its context and harnessing the characteristics that contribute to the area’s vibrancy, creating something playful and unique.

David Lyndon, director, Lyndon Goode Architects 

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Lanterna lyndongoodearchitects firstfloorplan annotated

Project data

Start on site March 2017
Completion July 2018
Gross internal floor area 1,770m²
Form of contract or procurement route Management contract
Construction cost circa £3.4 million
Construction cost per m2 £1,921
Architect Lyndon Goode Architects
Client Peabody and Hill
Structural engineer MLM
M&E consultant MLM
QS Hunters
Landscape consultant Farrer Huxley Associates (design stage); Place Design and Planning (post-contract)
CDM coordinator Hunters
Approved building inspector MLM
Main contractor Hill
CAD software used AutoCAD
Annual CO2 emissions 10.12 kg/m²

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