Lofty living: UNStudio’s Canaletto tower gives Tech City a residential revamp
Although ideally located for Tech City – the current nickname for the cluster of tech businesses on London’s Old Street roundabout – City Road might not be the first place that jumps to mind when you think of luxury living. But the Canaletto tower, designed by the Amsterdam-based UNStudio, has given the road a residential revamp. Located half-way between Old Street and Angel stations, the streamlined high rise comprises 31 stories of apartments, including the newly launched, three bed Beaumont suites.
Inside each of these high end homes, located on the 25th to 28th floors, a peaceful, modern sanctuary has been created by interior designers Goddard Littlefair that belies the tower’s proximity to the City. London life can’t be forgotten for long however, thanks to the impressive panorama taken in by floor-to-ceiling windows. Designer Martin Goddard (the interiors mastermind behind the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel) comments, ’the apartments have very simple clean lines but use luxury materials such as highly polished timbers and marbles to create a mid-century feel with classic features’.
Externally, Canaletto has an intricate facade – one which is unusually detailed for a residential block. Clusters of adjacent apartments are grouped together with textured aluminium rims, creating clouds of ’neighbourhoods’, distinguished only by clean glass terraces. Internally, a communal swimming pool, gym, private screening room and bespoke concierge service add to the neighbourly atmosphere.