The design maximises the potential use of a constrained site on the edge of Manchester City Centre, bounded by Mirabel Street, an existing redundant railway viaduct and a potential development site.
53 residential apartments are arranged on 13 floors over a ground floor retail unit and two floors of basement car parking.
The viaduct and development site restrict natural daylight to two elevations of the building. By arranging the apartments around a central core and light well, accessed off Breslyn Street, and orientating the apartments to look out over Mirabel Street and Great Ducie Street, each apartment benefits from natural light with balconies and views across the City.
Each floor level up to level eight accommodates five apartments comprising four 2 bed apartments and a 1 bed apartment. The Mirabel Street frontage of the building then extends for a further six floors, with 3 apartments per floor, and the core extends a further floor above this. This reduces the mass of the upper portion of the building as it meets the skyline.
The articulation of each apartment is clearly expressed by a grillage of pre-cast concrete to each street which contains the balconies. Shutters of perforated, profiled anodised aluminium to the balconies offer visual and acoustic privacy whilst generating dynamic elevations. Resin concrete rain-screen panels to adjoining sites complete the vocabulary of materials.