Barratt London have completed the first of their trio of residential towers on Queensland Terrace in Islington, London. Designed by CZWG Architects, the towers form an integral part of the Arsenal on the Move Regeneration Programme which runs alongside the football stadium.
The £60m development comprises 375 open-plan one bedroom suites, one, two and three bedroom apartments, which accounts for over 50% of the new housing currently under construction on Queensland Terrace (729 units in total). The towers are the centre-piece of the regeneration around the Emirates Stadium.
The dramatic new curved and undulating streetscape clearly responds to the south elevation of the three towers and the façades in-between. Each is entered by a grand doorway and canopy.
The towers themselves 'cascade' upwards towards the stadium enclosing three large landscaped gardens at podium level for the residents’ enjoyment. The dynamic shapes of the towers rise sky-blue and bronze out of the beautifully landscaped gardens.
The plan of the towers is formed of overlapping circles which give them their iconic form relating them to the stadium itself. The overlaps form the balconies and a succession of terraces at upper levels. The use of ceramic tiles and aluminium cladding give the buildings their distinct appearance in the townscape.
Internally and on their balconies the flats are well oriented to receive maximum light and sun whilst enjoying great views over Queensland Terrace itself, the gardens, the football stadium and/or 360° of vistas over the rooftops of Islington to the city beyond.
“The colossal scale of the stadium and its surrounding podium demanded a response which was suitably strong and imposing, whilst adding to the atmosphere of glamour surrounding the area,” commented Piers Gough, CZWG Architects.