As the cladding is installed a striking new landmark will emerge defined by dramatic facades of primary colours which at first glance appear a bold contrast to this too long neglected corner of central London.
But Piano says it is much more rewarding to look deeper: "The colour idea came from observing the sudden surprise given by brilliant colours in that part of the city. Cities should not be boring or repetitive. One of the reasons cities are so beautiful and a great idea, is that they are full of surprises, the idea of colour represents a joyful surprise."
Simon Wilkes L&G project director adds that metaphorically the area is also rich in colour - boasting a specialist shopping offering, colourful history and strong sense of community: "By creating a new heart we hope people will rediscover the St Giles area which in turn will be a catalyst for further enhancements of this corner of central London.
“We wanted to refocus people’s attention by creating a stimulating new work environment, a fantastically located area to live and a brand new piazza for central London which will be served by a unique array of dining experiences.”
Central Saint Giles will be Renzo Piano's first completed building in London and contains 400,000 sq ft of the highest specification offices with breathtaking views, 109 private and affordable apartments and 26,300 sq ft of shopping and café and restaurant space. The architect is also working on the Shard of Glass at London Bridge.