SU1584 : Plaza 21, Sanford Street, Swindon

taken 8 years ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

Plaza 21, Sanford Street, Swindon
Plaza 21, Sanford Street, Swindon
From the Swindon Borough Council website:

"Plaza 21
• a case study in urban design •
Plaza 21 is a commercial and residential building that was constructed in
central Swindon in 2000. * It introduced purpose-built private apartments into
central Swindon for the first time. It is L-shaped on plan, fronting 2 streets and
forming a street corner. It has several good points in urban design terms that
one would like to see emulated in future developments in Swindon town

• it makes efficient use of land (it has 74 flats, shops and around 60
underground car parking spaces on a 0.25 hectare site).
• it is a mixed use scheme with residential above ground floor commercial
(with car parking tucked away at basement level).
• it is unusual and striking in appearance, not similar to buildings elsewhere.
• it responds to its street corner location with landmark architecture on the
angle of its L-shaped plan, in the form of large turreted penthouses
(‘Landmark buildings’ step up in height towards the street corner providing the
‘weight’ and sense of ‘anchorage’ that is appropriate for a corner building).
• shop units on the ground floor animate the scene on 2 streets (Plaza 21
provides a good example of avoiding ‘dead’ building frontages at street level).
• there is a generous communal open space with greenery (many apartments
have private open space in the form of balconies).
• the building has a lively skyline silhouette, with tilted roofs to apartments.

It is unfortunately let down by the quality of some of the construction and the
rather idiosyncratic choice of bright blue cladding for roof level structures.
*Architects were Bruges Tozer."

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Date Taken
Monday, 4 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 4 January, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 151 847 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.6588N 1:46.9796W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 151 846
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