The Atlas Building at 145 City Road, London has been shortlisted for the Tall Building Awards Best Residential Tall Building category.
Tall buildings present unique challenges in terms of design and construction, the sheer scale of these mega-towers demand unique engineering solutions. The Tall Building Awards recognise these design and engineering feats and celebrate tall building innovation and celebration.
Delivered by Design Delivery Unit, with a concept design by Make, the 40-storey residential tower – The Atlas Building provides a prominent marker and a positive addition to Tech City. Sitting above London Underground and Thameslink lines, the tower delivers 302 apartments with leisure and spa facilities and basement parking.
The architecture clearly responds to the building’s urban context, and maximises the potential of the site and location. The concept design is sleek and simple. A series of 12 vertical blades articulate the elevations and work together to compose the tower’s striking façade. Contrasting elevations have been created with more solid anodised aluminium façades with punched windows to the east and west contrasting with the predominantly glazed elements of the north and south elevations which capture the views and maximise natural light.
The blades are connected by glazed infills which provide floor-to-ceiling windows and ensure all residents have private outdoor space.
As the cladding reaches the ground the level of transparency increases, offering more active frontage at ground floor. This together with the creation of a double-volume space at the front southern tip, imbues the building with a sense of lightness that is at the same time very dynamic.
Internally, the building accommodates a range of apartment types each with open-plan living and dual aspect views. All have generous balconies with roof terraces for apartments at the penthouse level that sit within the tapered roof as the blades descend.