Location Finsbury Park, London
Client Ely Properties UK
Content 400 Student Rooms
CZWG Architects design for student accommodation on Isledon Road houses 400 student apartments on five floors above double-height commercial space on the ground floor. Located in Finsbury Park close to the station and the park, the building sits 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 60s and 70s heyday.