London design hotspot: the colourful Central Saint Giles

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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. […]

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