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Lipton Plant plans textile-inspired showroom and flats in Islington

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Lipton Plant Architects has unveiled plans for furniture retailer Aria, to create a new showroom and apartment off Upper Street in Islington, north London

Revealed at this year’s MIPIM, the 320m² ‘theatrical’ brick-clad scheme was inspired by textiles and will sit close to Amin Taha’s 168 Upper Street project, completed last year and also backed by Aria.

A statement from Lipton Plant said: ‘Upper Street was widened in the late 1800s and numbers 156, 157 and 159 became three ghosts when they were dropped from the street’s sequence. The very successful Gardiner Brothers – “purveyors of the finest tartans and tweeds” – owned most of Upper Street at the time.’

‘[Our design] plays with the idea of a dropped stitch and the role of absence in the structure, aesthetic and identity of certain textiles. We’ve have created a theatrical, enticing form which perfectly alludes to the identity of the site’s purpose and status both past and present.’

Work is expected to start on site in June this year.

Aria lipton plant (8)

Aria lipton plant (8)

Project data

Client Aria
Architect Lipton Plant Architects
Structural engineer Conisbee
M&E consultant Charles Cubitt
Quantity surveyor Change Project Consulting 
Main contractor TBC
Funding Private
Tender date N/A
Start on site date June 2018
Completion date N/A
Gross internal floor area 320m²
Total cost N/A

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