168 Upper Street

Once a former bomb site in the heart of Islington, 168 Upper Street has been redeveloped as a beautiful cast monument to the destroyed Victorian terrace which previously existed on the plot.

The new four-storey building was recreated through an archival and digital study of the lost block’s mirror corner situated at the other end of the parade.

Using photographs and a laser survey of this building, a virtual model of the bombed building was produced; from the digital model, a cast from 300 expanded-polystyrene panels was created and used to pour terracotta-coloured concrete, forming the building’s shell. The impressive structure houses a ground floor showroom for contemporary furniture and design company Aria, with working ateliers and three stylish apartments above.

The building was awarded the RIBA London Award and RIBA National Award.

Client Aria
Principal Designer / Services Designer Syntegra
Architect Amin Taha Architects
Structural Engineer Webb Yates
Principal Contractor Talina Builders Limited