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"Ace is rooted in the exchange of ideas, and Shoreditch was

built on this same foundation," says Alex Calderwood, co-founder of
the hotel brand. "As one of the brightest stars in the constellation of
global creative culture, Shoreditch has been calling us for a
long time."
A romanticized view, perhaps, of London's East End, where
grime and grit characterize the streets as much as creativity and
craftsmanship. But then nobody could suggest the Ace team isn't
fully conversant with either the locale or building in which it has
chosen to establish its first outpost outside the U.S. The former
Crowne Plaza, which sits centrally on the street that kick-started the
East End's regeneration, has played regular host to Calderwood over
the years. Confident in the solid, underlying structure of the 1980s
building, he turned to Universal Design Studio to develop a London
vernacular that would both revive the building and make it a focal
point for the local community.
As a design firm that calls Shoreditch home, Universal has
plugged into the district's heritage to create a narrative for this
conversion. "We live, work, and play here," says its director
Jason Holley. "So you could say we have been a tuning fork for
Ace's ambition." In homage to East London's trading past, the
hotel embraces traditional craftsmanship. Steel-framed glazing,
referencing shop fronts of a bygone era, characterizes the building's
exterior. Alongside brickwork arranged in contrasting patterns and

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textures, the metalwork is articulated through differing infills and
spacing to indicate distinct identities across the façade-ideal for a
property accommodating retail units like Hattie Fox's That Flower
Shop, a juice bar, and café at street level. Bespoke theater-style
lighting illuminating the external entrance foyer, meanwhile, hints
at the second theme: a celebration of the area's musical roots, fitting
since this was the original site of the Shoreditch Empire.


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