Renzo Piano’s bold new development at London’s Central St Giles is almost complete, with the last two cranes still on site scheduled to be removed before the Christmas shut down on 24th December.
The most striking feature of the £75 million mixed-use scheme is its brightly-coloured ceramic exteriors. In addition to the 375,000 square feet of office space, the development contains 56 private apartments and 53 affordable homes, as well as leisure and retail space. Piano, who is famous for designing the controversial ‘Shard of Glass’ currently under construction at London Bridge, says he ‘wanted to make a building that smiles.’
The development is a joint venture by Bovis and Stanhope, and replaces the dour, grey 1950s concrete structure of the former Ministry of Defence. It is hoped that the project will regenerate an overlooked area, bringing benefits in safety and accessibility.
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