Passionate about the community and the recent completion of their London Plan, the City of London has focused their renewal on urban design. In a housing market increasingly driven by multi-residential infill, accomplishing good urban design requires making the right moves for scale, massing, and heritage preservation.
We played a central role in the design of the 29-storey Azure Condominium tower by making the development responsive and sensitive to its context despite being built using an economical materials palette. The tower is clad in lightly-toned precast concrete and has distinct masonry bays that conceal an above-grade parking structure. Adjacent to a church, a heritage courtyard serves as a place of reflection and will feature heritage plaques, gardens, and street furniture for sitting and congregating. Retail stores along Talbot Street activate the streetscape, creating a welcoming pedestrian environment.
Our urban design approach included a suite of distinct but intentional moves that set the building in harmony with its surroundings. The tower will make a strong contribution to London’s urban fabric, and as a city-building project, the development will bring an influx of new residents to downtown, adding to London’s urban resurgence.