Number One Oxford Street
Oxford Street in London is famous for shopping and one of the busiest streets for shopping in Europe. In fact, there are over 500 brand name stores and the street is a top destination for tourists due to the wide variety of choice.
One Oxford Street is a prominent site in London and is currently in the planning stage. The land is being developed by Derwent London and the architects responsible for the design of the project are Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Originally in 2006 the design for the site called for a tower for the scheme however the City did not like the proposal, so the height of the structure has been reduced.
Number One Oxford is a big restoration plan, which is situated over a public transportation interchange. The project combines commercial leasehold, retail opportunities, public space and a theatre all on one of London's busiest corners. Two new buildings will be above the station and the design works to benefit the location and will generate a well-built civic landmark.
Design and Construction
At street level, the building will have a ground floor with approximately 3, 600 square meters of space for retail, as well as several levels for office space above. The building with nine floors will have nearly 172,000 square feet of premium office space, terraces, bars and a new 400 seat theatre. For structural reasons and to provide adequate space the exterior design calls for the building to have a step-like design. This will create visual appeal, as well as usable open space. The facade will be faceted and the design is influenced by artist Donald Judd.
The exterior of the building will be richly detailed with stone components, metal and glass that act in response to solar orientation. The office environment will benefit from green technologies, including daylight from an atrium and natural ventilation, while being sheltered from solar conditions by a reactive facade.
The theatre will be the first theatre to be built in over 100 years in Westminster and provide future entertainment for the West End. Glass fronted rooms and external terraces in the theatre will allow for views of the city and will feature rehearsal space and facilities for performers.
Oxford Road in 1729 became Oxford Street. In the 18th century, many of the fields surrounding the street were purchased by the Earl of Oxford and the surrounding area was developed. The street then became popular with entertainers and entertainment buildings. In the 19th century the area became known for its shops and has been a popular place for shopping ever since.
When the project is complete, One Oxford will be a mix-use building with retail, a theatre, office space and public space.