Best Tall Building Europe – Award of Excellence: Canaletto, London

Aref Lahham
Founder and Managing Director
Orion City Road Trustee Limited, London

Sander Versluis
Senior Architect
UNStudio, Amsterdam

Ribbons Over Islington: A Distinct Residential Tower in a Desirable London Neighborhood

The Canaletto residential tower, located halfway between the City of London and Angel in Islington, comprises a 31-story tower with studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and one distinct penthouse with a full rooftop. Offering waterside living, the tower also includes a restaurant, swimming pool, health club, media room and club lounge with a terrace on the 24th floor. On the ground level, a generous canopy wraps around the building. It features three entry points – the amenity unit, the restaurant and the lobby – while also providing shade and a sheltered climate on the busy street front. The Canaletto tower is close to the restaurants, cinemas and retail attractions of Islington, while also being within walking distance of Bank.

The residential tower features a curvilinear ribbon facade. It clusters several floors together, thereby forming a group of vertical communities that relate more closely to the small scale of neighboring buildings than to a typical high-rise. The wrapping frames are mirrored to emphasize the verticality along the spines of the building. The “scaled down” building organization emphasizes the intimate residential experience.

View Building on The Skyscraper Center

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