Leading aluminium systems company Reynaers has helped to transform a former 1970s office block into a beautiful industrial jewel.
Situated in the heart of Shoreditch, The Curtain boasts nine storeys, which encompass three glamorous restaurants, four bars and a hotel, as well as a private members’ club. Its unusual name hails from the street where it is located.
Architects Dexter Moren Associates drew inspiration from the area’s 19th century warehouse heritage and Reynaers’ alumium windows and doors have helped create the look perfectly.
Lead architect Zoe Tallon scooped the prestigious Creative Spark Award for her work on the ambitious project. The award recognises the best-designed new hotel, and is voted by delegates of the TOPHOTELPROJECTS World Tour London, comprising a wide selection of influential industry peers including fellow architects, hoteliers, investors, interior designers, suppliers and the media.
Hotelier Michael Achenbaum wanted his high-profile restaurants, hotel and members club to reflect the area’s architectural tradition, industrial history and creativity.
The facade consists of red brick and features Reynaers’ CS 38 slim line windows, CP 130 sliding patio doors and CW 50 curtain walling.
The next generation of CS 38 is now available from Reynaers – Slim Line 38 (SL 38) is a highly insulated inward and outward opening aluminium window and door system, that combines elegance and comfort with a unique design. The special slender steel look offers the perfect windows and doors for modern architecture and the renovation of steel-frames, respecting the original design but offering a thermally improved solution.
Large-framed Crittall Windows complement the industrial aesthetic and gives the building a unique character and identity of its own. The fabricator on the project was AWS Turner Fain Ltd, part of AWS Group.
The Curtain incorporates a live music venue, a state-of-the-art gym, spa area with treatment and steam rooms, ballroom, pop-up barber shop, screening room, co-working space and a 1,600ft2 rooftop terrace with a restaurant bar. There is also a Moroccan-style heated pool offering stunning views across the City skyline.
Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager for Reynaers, said: “The Curtain is not only an award-winning landmark building, but one that perfectly reflects the heritage of Shoreditch.
“A sensitive use of urban red brickwork, our steel-look profiles and large openings have drawn inspiration from cabinet factories and warehouses that previously featured on the site.”
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