Lofty living: UNStudio’s Canaletto tower gives Tech City a residential revamp

Canaletto tower
The Canaletto tower in Islington, London, is the first major UK project from the internationally acclaimed, Amsterdam-based UNStudio
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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.

Aluminum rims skirting the tower’s facade

Aluminum rims skirting the tower’s facade represent different clusters or ’neighborhoods’ of apartments, adding detail and texture to the exterior walls, as well as providing sustainable shading to keep the apartments cool

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suite bedrooms

The Beaumont suite bedrooms feature 180 degree cityscape panoramas

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Designed by Martin Goddard

The idea was to keep the style very contemporary and strong, in keeping with the architecture of the building,’ says interior designer Martin Goddard

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Italian marble for feature walls and kitchens

Quality materials, such as Italian marble for feature walls and kitchens, have been used throughout to create a classic, mid-century feel

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For more information, visit the Canaletto tower’s website


257 City Road
London, EC1V 1AD


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