AHMM Sixties Style Oxford Street Plans

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AHMM Sixties Style Oxford Street Plans

Post by Mr007 on Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:37 pm

AHMM Sixties Style Oxford Street Plans

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has designed a new scheme to stand above the Crossrail station on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.

Developed by Derwent London, the 9 floor project will have two floors of retail, followed by 7 levels of office space adding up to 24,800 square metres.

The retail will be used to create a double height frontage along Oxford Street, with the architect having penned the building with a three-floor flank above it to fit in with the existing buildings next door with the upper levels stepping back behind it.

On the Charing Cross side this is planned at four additional floors for the same reason, again with a step back, with the sheer height of the building only presented on the corner aspect. This aspect however is the part that millions of Londoners will walk past every week, but it hardly creates a strong architectural landmark.

The development will include a new theatre and a public square but the architecture itself harks back to the sixties with its modernist lines, something that is surprisingly uninspired given the prominence of the site, but perhaps not too surprising given the current prevailing economic winds. Nonetheless, it contrasts strongly with the high originality of the nearby and now complete St Giles Central.

In addition to this, Derwent are currently working on another three projects in central London at 142 Hampstead Road, 2-4 Pentonville Road, and the City Road Estate on the boundary of the City of London.

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