I like the work that Amanda Levete is doing with its retro futuristic touch. This building was built two years ago, near the Oxford Street in London and it is perfectly tapped into the narrow street. The sloped eye shaped windows provide as much light as possible and create signature facade.
‘The existing building was profoundly uninteresting,’ says Levete. While surrounded in her own office by evidence that profoundly uninteresting buildings can be transformed, Levete recalls that, at Hills Place, ‘it was hard to see at the outset how we could do anything because it was such a dog of a building – an unglamorous site that involved linking two buildings of differing periods and scales.’ The challenge, it seems, was more to do with addressing the relationship between the two structures and their relationship to a troublesome streetscape. Architects Journal
Amanda Levete (born 17 November 1955, Bridgend) is a British architect, principal of AL_A and was for 20 years co-partner at Future Systems with the late Jan Kaplický with whom she had one son, Josef Kaplicky.
Levete trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989. She is visiting professor at the Royal College of Art and a trustee of Artangel. Levete is a regular TV and radio broadcaster and she writes a column for Building magazine.
The formation of AL_A in 2009 follows the end of Levete's 20 year partnership with Jan Kaplicky at the influential office of Future Systems. One of the most innovative practices of its time, Future Systems completed buildings including Selfridges department store in Birmingham and the Lord's Media Centre which won the coveted Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize. She has been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation.
Oxford Street is a major thoroughfare in the City of Westminster in the West End of London, England. There are 548 shops on Oxford Street; it is Europe's busiest shopping street, as well as its most dense. The street was formerly part of the London-Oxford road which began at Newgate, City of London, when it was known as Oxford Road. Today the road forms part of the A40, although, like many roads in central London which are not now intended as through traffic routes, it is not signposted with the road number.
It runs for approximately a mile and a half (two and a half kilometres) from Marble Arch at the north east corner of Hyde Park, through Oxford Circus to St Giles Circus, at the intersection with Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road. Eastwards, the road then becomes New Oxford Street until it runs into High Holborn. Oxford Street intersects with other London roads including Park Lane, New Bond Street and Regent Street. West of Marble Arch, Oxford Street becomes Bayswater Road, then Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park Avenue until it becomes the Uxbridge Road at Shepherd's Bush Roundabout. At Uxbridge it becomes the Oxford Road again, all the way to Oxford, save for some short sections where it has been given a local name.
At Oxford Circus is the notable diagonal crossing, opened in 2009, the only one of its kind in central London.
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