London, England, 2011-2016

UNStudio's design for the Canaletto tower incorporates the remodelling of the facade, a streamlining of the building’s mass and a contrasting of scale and detail untypical of a residential tower. Near and distant townscape views are enhanced through scale, detail and material variation. The building facade creates a modelled elevation in which clusters of adjacent floors are grouped together. Using both textured and smooth materials contrasts with the expected contemporariness of a typical high-rise metal construction and lends the facade a residential 'twist'. Sustainability benefits are achieved by the surface modelling that creates opportunities for shading, balancing good internal daylight and views with reduced heat gains.
The Canaletto residential tower is located half-way between Old Street and Angel Stations in Islington and comprises of a 31-storey tower with a variety of one, two and three bedroom apartments. Offering waterside living, the tower will also include secure underground parking, swimming pool, gymnasium, resident’s cinema, restaurant, entertainment centre and a sky terrace on the 24th floor.


Client: Orion City Road Trustee Limited
Development Manager: Groveworld Ltd
Location: 257 City Road, Islington, London, EC1V 1JE
Building surface: 21,907 m2
Programme: 31 Storey residential tower, 190 residential units, spa, swimming pool, gym, cinema, resident's lounge, restaurant, cafe, amenity shop, rooftop terrace
Start of construction: 2012
Completion date: 2015
Construction Photos: ©Ben Veasey


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Delivery Architect: Axis Architects
Civil & Structural Engineer: URS Scott Wilson Ltd
MEP Consultant, Fire Engineer, Acoustics: Hoare Lea
Façade Engineer: Buro Happold Ltd
Lead-Consultant/ Architect [Involved up to Planning Submission]: PLP Architecture
Interior Designer: Johnson Naylor LLP (apartments/corridors); UNStudio (public/amenity areas)
Landscape Architect: Churchman Landscape Architects Limited