Canaletto, the distinctive architectural landmark building designed by UNStudio, is unveiling its limited-edition collection of elegant three-bedroom modern sanctuaries at the top of the building, designed and furnished by international design teams from Goddard Littlefair and WOMO Architects. Canaletto adjacent to the Regents Canal, sits on the doorstep of Tech City and at the heart of four of London’s most dynamic districts: Islington, Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and the City, with their plethora of diverse shops, galleries and restaurants. Overlooking London, the Beaumont Collection’s light-filled interiors seamlessly connect to their spacious terraces and the expansive views beyond.
Located on the building’s 24th to 28th floors, each Beaumont Collection apartment includes close to 2000 square feet of living space, three double bedrooms with two en-suite, separate bathroom and powder room, a study and spacious open plan kitchen and lounge area with dual aspect panoramas enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling seamless glass. The multi-award winning building conceived by Dutch architecture firm UNStudio is divided into multiple ‘neighbourhoods in the sky’, accentuated through organic banding shapes conveying a sense of scale and intimacy unprecedented for a building of this height.
Multi-disciplinary design team WOMO Architects have ‘flipped the script’ of Beaumont 2802’s open-plan living space by segmenting it fit for entertaining and hosting but with individual personal comfort as priority. Natural oiled wood flooring matched with design details that are accented with light oak and pale sage green forms a contemporary foundation to a light-filled layout. The bedrooms vary in contemporary aesthetic and design elements, with comfort being the common thread. Furniture pieces that stand out for their quality of detailing and light footing are featured in each space.
The open plan facilitates views and movement easily throughout, but within this the furniture was arranged to establish subtle zones that are nevertheless separated. The living area is oriented with large comfortable seating zones, a movable TV stand that doubles as digital art in the space, and feature seating providing variability to how the space is used – be it in a snug reading corner, or in a group setting for socializing with friends.
“Our goal was to curate rather than decorate, using furniture, art and accessories that compliment material and geometric characteristics of each object. Most importantly our aspiration was to give life to spaces that are both sophisticated and delicate extensions of different styles and preferences that represent the international and contemporary client at Canaletto” comments Imola Berczi of WOMO Architects.
Signature furniture pieces include design elements by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia, Piero Lissoni for B&B Italia & Living Divani, Greta M. Grossman for Gubi; Keiji Takeuchi for Living Divani; Peter Fehrentz, Bernhard Muller, & Gil Coste for MORE Meubel and Andrea Lucatello for Catallan Italia. Artwork featured from Becky Allen, Adam Ball, Dominique Cheng, Mae Engelgeer and Daniele Scauso.
For multi-disciplinary architecture and design studio WOMO Architects it meant re-visiting a project very personal to them. Both partners Imola and Wouter worked on the original architecture of Canaletto during their time with UNStudio and are currently working on the design of a mixed-use commercial project in Islington.
The second Apartment 2501 situated on the 25th floor, with sweeping views across London, has been designed by Jo Littlefair of internationally acclaimed Goddard Littlefair. The interior design is a sophisticated and feminine response to the organic nature of the architecture which lends itself to having soft lines followed through into the interiors. The soft curves in the detailing provide a playfulness and speak to the building’s form, fluidly connecting the transition from outside to inside.
The softened interior styling incorporates natural materials and a natural base palette to provide a minimalist, sophisticated look. Layers of personality are added using a mix of materials from light wood, marble and ceramics to demure metallics, reflecting the design of the building’s facade. Craftsmanship and luxury come through in the quality of the details, while accessories provide sophisticated pops of colour and joy.
Jo Littlefair of Goddard Littlefair said, “We wanted to create layers of personality much like the dynamic city life that surrounds us, contrasting layers of materials, detailing and proportions. In harmonising the interior and exterior, we created a serene and inviting living environment, with an underlying line of luxury.”
Owners will not only enjoy some of the most impressive views in London but also underground parking and state-of-the-art amenities including a spa with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, treatment rooms, a naturally-lit swimming pool and a private cinema. The residents’ club on the 24th floor, has helped establish Canaletto as a social hub at the creative crossroads of Islington, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and the City.
Britta Harper, Director at Orion Capital Managers, who commissioned the design for these apartments comments: “Canaletto set the scene for emergence of the City Road Basin and bringing imaginative architecture to the area. This vibrant area continues to see strong growth in the surrounding tech sector. By appointing WOMO Architects and Goddard Littlefair to design and furnish these two apartments we wanted to speak to our client base and demonstrate our commitment to design excellence.”