Catching Up With 259 City Road
Published on 14-08-2012 by Skyscrapernews.com
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.
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