• London

  • 2013

  • Contractor Mace Limited

  • Photos: Charlotte Wood Photography

Mixed use office, residential and retail building which occupies an entire block of approximately 0.42 hectares at 453-497 Oxford Street, including 47 North Row. The project is situated at the end of Oxford Street near Marble Arch end of Westminster.

The building, with its distinctive double-curved geometry (both vertically and horizontally), based on the development of the project evolved form of the prolate spheroid. The connection of the elements in the two planes of the four corners of the building is joined by conical wedges. This elegant geometry is also characterized by transverse ribs made by the juxtaposition of aluminum extruded profiles. The ribs highlight of the macro-units aggregates, recalling a projected shape. Interesting is the outward projection of 4.5 ° (on the vertical plane) of the glazed surface on the ground floor. The redevelopment has involved the demolition of the previous buildings and the erection of a new single building made up of two basements, ground floor with eight storeys including a plant room. The new building provides three distinct uses including retail, offices, and residential accommodation. Retail accommodation is located at the basement, ground and first floors, with flexibility to accommodate a wide range of unit sizes. These provide approx. 8.979 m2 of retail floor space. Office accommodation is located to the western end of the building above the retail, with a stand alone double height ground level entrance and lift lobby on Park Street incorporating a dedicated “drop-off” point. These provide approx. 15.626 m2 of office floor space. Commercial accommodation is arranged over seven floors within floor plates that vary in size. They have been configured for maximum flexibility accommodating single, dual or multiple tenancies on a typical floor. Residential accommodation provides thirty nine private units served by a single core accessed via a discrete lobby on the ground floor. There are a variety of unit sizes ranging from one, two and three bed apartments to individual penthouses, units on upper levels have the benefit of external balconies. These provide approx. 5.695 m2 of residential floor space. A centralised dedicated goods lobby located at the south west corner of the building on North Row serves the whole building with goods vehicles accommodated within the overall cartilage of the building and will benefit from 24 hour security. At the mid point along the north row elevation, two car lifts take vehicles and cycles down to the second level basement where the car parking and the cycle storage is located together with central plant facilities. The basement parking areas splits into two distinct and secure areas with forty six residential parking spaces and thirty nine secure cycle spaces. There are ten commercial parking spaces in a separate area with two hundred and twenty six secure cycle spaces. In addition the car lift entrances off North Row have enclosed waiting areas to avoid vehicles waiting for the lift obstructing North Row. There is approx. 7.500 m2 of ancillary space which includes plant, car lifts, loading bays, bin store, bike storage, changing areas and car parking.


  • Unitised facetted (prolate spheroid) curtain walling to main body with feature fins

  • Grid and panel system to first floor with structural glazed fins

  • Vertical aluminium brise-soleils

  • Balustrades


Robin Partington & Partners