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Landmark development on an historic urban site

Located at the water’s edge, our design for 36 The Calls contains a mixed programme of commercial, office and residential space. The eight-storey building creates a public and private terrace overlooking the River Aire, with an architecture that reflects the material language of the industrial and commercial history of the city.

The design is influenced by both the simple, gritty beauty of the masonry warehouse and mill buildings, and the refined and guilded commercial architecture of the city built on the wealth created by this industry. These ideas fuse to create a robust, utilitarian, masonry shell, framing a refined skin of glass and metal and housing the light, cool interiors of the office, residential and commercial spaces within.

The building is shaped to respond to the specific constraints of the site. The massing and form permit views to the nearby Leeds Parish Church, whilst the scale of the local context is respected to maintain light and views for the neighbouring buildings. The open-plan ground floor has a strong street frontage, opening out to the waterside terrace. Above is the office accommodation, whilst the upper floors accommodate two generous duplex penthouses overlooking the river.

36 The Calls
Mixed-use riverside development
for Citu
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Value: £3M
Competition shortlist – 2010