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Catching Up With 259 City Road

Published on 14-08-2012 by

PLP Architecture and UN Studio have teamed up to design what will be the latter firm's first London project, a high-rise residential tower at 259 City Road in the London borough of Islington.

The site already has a proposal by Bennetts Associates approved for it, but the new scheme promises to provide a softer and more futuristic approach with a curvaceous look that is unique in London.

The architects have taken roughly the same massing as the previous version, but reduced the overall width slightly to create a more slender tower. This particular affects the eastern side of the building that is now not so broad, and improves access to light. The south western corner which gets hit by the prevailing winds has been remodeled with a façade that counteracts to reduce the downdrafts at ground level.

The façade has been completely overhauled too, although the basic concept remains of the building divided into two vertical volumes with the shorter topped by roof terraces on the 24th floor. A glass screen 1.4 metres tall will provide wind protection effectively turning it into a fully sheltered area. A further residents terrace is to be provided on the mezzanine level of the ground floor.

The colouring of the building façade will be a neutral colour with wooden inspired insets. Ythis is essentially aluminium framing the window bays in groups of three to four floors with hints of olives. Honey brown will also be utilised, likely in the form of Lamboo, a type of laminated bamboo.

The seemingly opulent façade does however have a potential drawback being ideal for value engineering. For the project to be the shiny piece of architecture it seeks to be, much will depend on the final finish of the building.

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259 City Road - Building Information
The following parties are investing in the basin head works:
- Groveworld Ltd
- London Borough of Islington
- British Waterways
- Miller Developments Ltd
- Fidelity Investments
- Government Office for London
- Architects and masterplanners: Bennetts Associates
- Landscape Design: Whitelaw and Turkington
- Contractor: Charter Construction PLC

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I love this tower, really hope it gets built. Though, I'm surprised it only has 24floors as it looks around 160/170m tall...:weird:

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New high-rise Canaletto launch party lights up London’s City Road

Hundreds of guests gathered last night at the site of the new Canaletto development on City Road, London, to witness a spectacular light and sound show to celebrate the launch of what is already being described as London’s first beautiful high-rise residential building.

The dynamic 4D show, designed by Slice and Drive Productions, utilised state-of-the-art technology to project a sequence of breathtaking three-dimensional visuals onto the unfinished high-rise building. This world-first event uses the technology to project the future of a development, bringing together the culture, lifestyle and exceptional architecture of this exciting newcomer to the London skyline.

Reflected in the water of nearby Regent’s Canal, the show incorporated aquatic sequences within the projected imagery as the building became a shimmering canvas of digital art and design, befitting of Canaletto’s prime location beside the City Road basin.

Canaletto has been designed by renowned Dutch architect Professor Ben van Berkel, founder of Amsterdam-based UNStudio. It is UNStudio’s first major project in the UK. The architect is best known for the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Raffles City in Hangzhou, Scotts Tower in Singapore and the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. The tower is designed with a unique curving facade of aluminium and glass that breaks the volume into a series of three-to-five-storey clusters.

Currently standing at just six storeys high, the beautiful new residential tower will grow into the London skyline over the next two years, topping out at 31 storeys. It will contain 190 apartments, ranging from studios to three bedroom units and a penthouse.

City Road is undergoing radical change on the back of sustained commercial and residential development in the nearby Silicon Roundabout community. In the last three years the number of tech companies in East London has risen from 200 to 1,300.

About 48,000 people are employed in the tech cluster with plans for a further 70,000 jobs to be created. The government has pledged £50m to transform the Old Street roundabout into the biggest indoor civic space in Europe with support for entrepreneurs and tech start-ups.

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton was on hand to deliver a bespoke menu of food and drink crafted especially for the launch.

The site, sitting at the crossroads between London’s burgeoning creative and technology communities, was temporarily imbued with the kind of life and energy that will come to epitomise the area in years to follow.

The stunning show combined architectural motifs of the Canaletto building with the lifestyle of the prospective community, bringing the brand to life through visionary projection mapping techniques and offering audiences a glimpse into the future.

Slice worked with Mission and Drive Productions to design a spectacular show, producing an immersive environment by integrating animation, sound design, projection and lighting.

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Please change this thread title as "U/C" thanks. :)


A better news is that this tower won't be alone!

'Starchitects' turn City Road into skyscraper highway

New cluster: a computer image of skyscrapers being built in the City Road — the City Forum complex (1), the Lexicon (2) and the Canaletto building (3)

The City Road is being transformed into an unlikely “starchitect canyon” with four of the world’s top names, including Lord Foster and Sir Terry Farrell, designing towers there.

Property experts said it was unprecedented in the capital for so many prominent architects to be working on projects so close to each other.

The skyscrapers are being built along a 400-metre stretch of one of central London’s least glamorous roads.

About £1 billion of investment will create a “mini-Manhattan” of towers in a new quarter around the City Road Basin on the Regent’s Canal.

The first tower to offer flats for sale off-plan is the Canaletto building at 257  City Road where Knight Frank will be marketing studios from £500,000 and two-bed apartments from £810,000 at the launch next weekend.

The 196-metre tower at the north end of City Road was designed by the Amsterdam-based UNStudio, which was responsible for the Scotts Towers in Singapore and the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart.

Richard Collins, a consultant to developers Orion and former trustee of the Landmark Trust, said: “In a very small area you will have this cluster of buildings all from world-class architects and that has simply never happened before in London. We haven’t ever seen a road in London transformed so quickly as City Road is now.”

Across the road from the Canaletto is the site for Berkeley’s City Forum complex at 250 City Road.

It includes two towers and was designed by Foster + Partners, whose work includes the Gherkin, the Great Court at the British Museum and Wembley stadium. At 261 City Road, work has started on 36-storey tower The Lexicon, designed by US firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building, and the Nato headquarters in Brussels.

Closer to the Old Street roundabout at 161 City Road is the art deco-inspired Eagle residential tower designed by Sir Terry’s practice.[/I]
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