Client: Ely Properties UK Ltd
Value: £21 million
Date: Completed September 2012
Executive Architects: TP Bennetts
CZWG Architects design for student accommodation on Isledon Road will house 400 student apartments on 5 floors above double height commercial space on the ground floor. Located in Finsbury Park close to the station and the park, the building will sit directly opposite the famous listed Art Deco Cinema, formerly known as the Rainbow Theatre, with the N/E Coast mainline viaduct behind. The form of the building is a continuous street façade with three wings at right angles to it and the Railway. The street elevation is a sweeping double curve emphasizing the double bend of the road and providing areas of much widened pavement. The triple wings towards the railway make a strong three dimensional effect when seen from passing the trains. Each floor has continuous bands of windows alternating with bands of coloured ceramic glazed tiles. Each band is a different colour, being a subdued version of a rainbow, in reference to the suggestive name of the previous incarnation of the listed building during its 60’s and 70’s heyday.