London design hotspot: the colourful Central Saint Giles

London design hotspot: the colourful central saint giles

Renzo Piano‘s innovative London development sits on a site steeped in history, providing contrast between old and new

Standing to the east of Tottenham Court Road is Central Saint Giles, the multicoloured mixed-use development made up of dynamic office spaces, swish apartments and modern restaurants.

The look: Comprising 500,000 sq ft, the site consists of two buildings, one for residential use (of 15 storeys and 109 flats, 53 of which lie within the confines of ‘affordable housing’), and a larger 11-storey block for offices, which is shaped like a horseshoe to encompass a courtyard below.

In accordance with the development’s environmentally mindful approach, there are winter gardens for every floor, roof terraces, a Biomass boiler (generating 80 per cent of the building’s heating), and a water recycling system, to irrigate the green spaces (and service flushing lavatories) with rainwater collected from the Piazza, office roofs and cooling tower. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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