61 Oxford Street

London. 2015

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2015
  • Clients: Dukelease Properties and BA Pensions Trust

61 Oxford Street aims to harmonise the disparate architectural styles that currently characterise east Oxford Street by carefully replacing some local buildings of note with a prominent corner beacon. With its focus on glass – the surface of choice for retailers – the scheme hones in on the area’s one and only shared material quality, and, in undulating that glass, nods to the history of London’s special glazed shopfronts. An eight-storey volume is articulated with a hierarchy of curved ‘oriel’ or bay windows to unify ground and upper floors and establish the building’s place both on the street and in the sky. The ‘wave length’ of the vertical undulation shortens at the upper levels and combines with horizontal banding to distinguish the retail (the four lower levels, including lower-ground) from the office (the two middle levels) and residential (the upper two levels). Views, amenity and daylight are maximised for office and residential occupants through set-backs, external terraces and internal planning.

Awards

RIBA London Region Award 2016 RIBA National Award 2016

AHMM at the World Architecture Festival

18/11/2016

AHMM at the World Architecture Festival

No 1 Oxford Street (Future Commercial Mixed Use) and Weston Street (Future Residential) have both been highly commended at the World Architecture Festival Awards this week. The Library at Willesden Green, 119 Farringdon Road, Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, 61 Oxford Street, and AEP Fitness Center were also shortlisted. Simon Allford has once again been a judge at the Festival, held this year in Berlin. Find out more about the shortlisted and winning projects here.
 



 

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

07/07/2016

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

Seven AHMM projects have been shortlisted for the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards, four completed projects – The Library at Willesden Green, Royal Court Liverpool, 61 Oxford Street , and AELP Fitness Center; and three unbuilt/future projects – 119 Farringdon Road, Number One Oxford Street, and Weston Street. The winners will be chosen over the three-day World Architecture Festival in November, held this year in Berlin. The full shortlist and more information about WAF can be found here.
 



 

RIBA National Awards 2016

23/06/2016

RIBA National Awards 2016

61 Oxford Street and ARK All Saints Academy, Highshore School and St Michael and All Angels Church have won RIBA National Awards. Announcing the 46 national award winners, RIBA President Jane Duncan said ‘the RIBA National Awards are a great indicator of UK design, economic and construction trends. These buildings are what the best architecture looks like today.’

ARK All Saints is the fifth AHMM-designed school development to win an RIBA National Award, following Great Notley Primary School, Westminster Academy, Kirk Balk Community College, Waverley School, and the Stirling Prize-winning Burntwood School. Described by the judges as a ‘classy and elegant transformation’, the campus brings together an 800-pupil academy, a school for children with special educational needs, and a chapel serving the local parish.

61 Oxford Street, meanwhile, is one of the latest in AHMM’s ‘city sandwich’ schemes, bringing a mix of retail, residential and office to one of London’s busiest shopping streets and acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of this part of London as Crossrail nears completion. Find out more about this year’s RIBA National Award winners here.

 



 

RIBA London Awards 2016

04/05/2016

RIBA London Awards 2016

61 Oxford Street and ARK All Saints Academy and Highshore School have been recognised with RIBA London awards. 61 Oxford Street, a mixed use ‘city sandwich’ building on London’s busiest high street was described by the judges as ‘thoroughly delightful with clever references to context, mixed use and skyline’ while ARK All Saints Academy, AHMM’s tenth RIBA award-winning school, was praised as ‘a brilliant transformation of a failing school... the architects’ experience of building many schools and learning every lesson in the book showed.’ The RIBA London awards, presented this year at the University of Greenwich, are given to UK buildings for their regional importance as pieces of architecture, and form the shortlist for the RIBA National awards to be announced in June.
 



 

17/04/2015

61 Oxford Street opens for business

61 Oxford Street has taken a step closer to completion today with the opening of Zara’s flagship store in the building. The fashion retailer will occupy four floors, with offices and apartments in the upper four floors. Final work on the building, which features an undulating glass façade inspired by London’s historic shopfronts and arcades, continues toward completion in May.
 



 

Topping-out Ceremony for 61 Oxford Street

02/05/2014

Topping-out Ceremony for 61 Oxford Street

61 Oxford Street celebrated reaching its highest point this week. Designed for Dukelease Properties and BA Pensions Trust, the building is located on a prominent corner at the junction of Oxford and Soho streets. The expressive glass street façades – a hierarchy of curved ‘oriel’ windows – continue the history of London’s special glazed shopfronts.
 




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