A vertical village.
Oxygen is positioned close to Piccadilly Station, Manchester and sits on a crossroads between Piccadilly, The Northern Quarter and New Islington. The project is part of an ongoing regeneration programme stretching east from Piccadilly Station.
A simple form and a simple palette of materials are intended to be a counterpoint to the scale and complexity of the programme within. Textured precast concrete and glass identify apartments, a bronze aluminium mesh identifies the cores and brick is used on the podium base.
Property Alliance Group
£90 million
384 Residential Units
Our challenge was to design the complex high density programme within a simple legible form. The development is split between 3 vertical residential blocks falling from 32 to 10 stories. The residential blocks sit on a podium containing town houses, resident amenity, urban allotments and commercial space.
Like all of our work, positive interaction between the building and the street is a design priority. We achieved this by designing the podium an appropriate 3 storey scale incorporating town houses, front gardens, balconies, green space commercial space for a mixed use street scene.
Above ground, circulation cores step in from the building width allowing more dual aspect apartments. Roof top amenity and gardens further encourage interaction with daylight and fresh air.