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m2r plans to revitalise Archway

These are the latest proposals by up-andcoming practice m2r architecture for the transformation of Archway in north London.

The scheme proposed by the practice, which has offices in London and Berlin, is one of a number of radical options for the site that are being considered by Islington council.

Among them is a controversial plan to knock down the 16-storey tower - labelled a '1960s disaster' - build a large commercial development in its place and re-route the nearby A1.

However, Axel Rostock, one of the three directors of the practice, wants to breathe new life into the existing building by cladding the structure with glass in various colours and opening up a new sky garden and restaurant on its roof.

Rostock said: 'Rather than replacing it, we have designed a newly clad tower that will connect with an urban plaza.

'By removing the low-rise building next to the tower, the scheme will open up a new centre for the area.' Although the council is still carrying out public consultation, if the £10 million scheme is given the go-ahead work could start on site as early as next summer.

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