Planning permission has been given for UNStudio's redevelopment project at 257 City Road, London for Orion City Road Trustee Ltd. Islington Council have approved the scheme which has been revised following a submission by former owners Groveworld, and will incorporate a variety of residential units, a restaurant, swimming pool, health club and media room into a single 30-storey tower. Construction is due to commence later in 2012.
Speaking on the concept, UNStudio's Co-Founder and Principal Architect, Ben van Berkel, explained: "The detailing and contrasting materials on the facade and the balconies of the City Road Tower play a key role in the identity of the building and are, in fact, borrowed from furniture design. This is an approach which we more typically apply to designs for smaller private houses. However, following extensive research into the potential for extending durability and maintenance we were able to create unexpected material variations on a larger scale."