Located in Manchester on a central city site, the scheme comprises premium quality office accommodation over a single level of retail outlets.
The design creates a dynamic impact at cityscape level. Its architectural form consists of two-storey glass and metal elements which give the illusion of sliding in and out of the main building envelope. These ‘sliding’ boxes build up the massing of the building and give it a physical impression of turning the corner, thus creating a greater perceived link between the streets.
The two-storey over-scaling of horizontal elements emphasises the simplicity of the building block aesthetic. It also provides a powerful focus when looking from Piccadilly Gardens down Mosley Street, while creating a new anchor to the street.