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Futuristic Offices Mooted For Old Street

Old Street Roundabout - three words to strike fear and loathing into the hearts of most Londoners thanks to the grotty traffic-ridden atmosphere, and unpleasant public realm.

Architects 00:/ and Space Station have teamed up to design this concept for a new nine-storey office building located in the centre of the roundabout, highly distinctive thanks to the idea of having much of the facades covered with advertising in the form of LED panels. One of the busiest roads in London passes it, and this space could be rented by the pixel and minute to help generate income for the building owners, not to mention provide a garish experience a-la modern day Tokyo. There's no word however on whether it will run Crysis.

In addition to this would be would be 9 floors of offices with easily movable partitions allowing the space to be rented by even the smallest of businesses - but particularly tech start ups that seem to be infecting this part of London leading to the area being nicknamed Silicon Roundabout. Office occupants would be able to enjoy a number of atriums giving them clear views between the screens.

The ground level could be sunk into the roundabout much like the IMAX cinema at Waterloo, with an improved public realm, and new retail shops offering at least some respite from the unrelenting urbanity around it.

The plans by the architects would certainly utilise what is an abandoned piece of land more fitting of JG Ballard's Concrete Island, but they lack any solid developer and at this stage are simply an architectural vision.

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