Multiplied Grounds

 Aerial view of the mixed-use development of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard in London, UK

Aerial view of the mixed-use development of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard in London, UK


Multiplied Grounds, Bishopsgate Goodsyard

Studio: Advanced Synthesis Options Studio Urban Design

Location: Shoreditch, London UK

Instructor: Jonathan Kline

In collaboration with: Nahyung Kim, Gary Li & Charmaine Yau


Site Overview

London consists of various boroughs with each borough having a specific architectural language and character. Bishopsgate Goodsyard exists at one of such crossroads between the two neighborhoods of Tower Hamlets and Hackney and not too far from Central London, giving it a unique character and presence. The west part of the site lies within Hackney which is going through a constant redevelopment to preserve its historical character along with solving the current housing crisis in London. The east of the site lies within Tower Hamlets which has the highest residential development as compared to other boroughs in the past few years. 

Bishopsgate Goodsyard Multiplied Grounds is one such mixed-use urban design that attempts to solve the housing crisis by maximizing density without gentrifying the neighborhood. The existing site consists of approximately 30,000 sqft area that spans over four street blocks. It is situated right next to Principal Plaza and Broadgate tower as the most recent architectural developments towards the west of the site and is capped by Brick Lane towards the east of the site. The site is rich of culture and heritage where the ground floor consists of Grade II listed arches and vaults giving the current site a meaningful and historical language.In addition, the site also consists of an active viaduct with Shoreditch High Street station as part of the site.


London Grid and the Urban Fabric

Basic site blocks were created by adding North-South and East-West connections through the site as adding on to the existing urban fabric of London. The program was developed in accordance with the need of housing in London. The program percentages were calculated in reference to the vision of the Mayor of London study of mixed-use development. Retail spaces constituted the ground floor to be housed within the existing arches. More commercial oriented program was placed towards the west of the site with east site mostly consisting of artist and maker housing. The blocks were developed as courtyard typologies providing multiple opportunities for green and open spaces interspersed throughout the different blocks. 


Block development and Public Space Framework

Site plan is developed with each block having a courtyard typology. Retail is inserted into the existing arches on the ground floor level adding to existing public realm. Block A or the commercial building consists of fabrication spaces, media spaces, maker housing and additional tower block as apartments to reach the high density. Block B and C were treated intrinsic to the site, housing mostly townhouses and apartments following the courtyard typologies. Block D was more specific to Brick Lane and consists of gallery spaces and communal spaces along with housing artist housing and apartments on the upper floors.

The public space framework was developed as a connection to the already existing plazas at Principal place, the public space on the ground floor of the site and extending it to the east of the site. Specific site paths were carved through the public space leading to the Shoreditch High Street station from the south-west corner of the site The primary circulation runs north-south throughout the site under the overground viaduct and through the London Road.


 Public Space Framework with existing arches as ruins to enhance the character and preserve the heritage of the site.

Public Space Framework with existing arches as ruins to enhance the character and preserve the heritage of the site.

Overall Site Section with facade treatment

Block A development


Block B, C & D development


Site Systems

Despite being four blocks, the site systems integrated the entire site as a whole. A district system is placed on the train cap towards the south-west of the site that supplies hot and cold water within a loop through the entire site. In addition, facade is also used to unify the site and its different blocks. Maintaining the existing historic nature of the arches is brought up till the podium using brick as a curtain wall which smoothly transitions into a steel curtain wall glazed system for the apartments. 


Model Photos

For more detailed information about the project, visit Gary Li's issuu page