61 Oxford Street

Raises the bar for Oxford Street

Credit: Timothy Soar

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris for Dukelease Properties & BA Pensions Trust

Contract value: £26.5m

GIA: 4,741m²


This building is a contemporary beat on the eastern end of Oxford Street, at its junction with Soho Street. It is composed of a clever sandwich of mixed-use retail and office, wrapped in a sensuous glass skin whose vertical glazed fluting recalls structures that once inhabited the site, while the tripartite elevation reflects the hierarchy of surrounding buildings.

  • Credit: Timothy Soar
  • Credit: Timothy Soar
  • Credit: Timothy Soar
  • Credit: Timothy Soar

Fashion retailer Zara is at ground and has made it one of its flagship stores. The glass facade reflects all the great traditions of department stores and gives a contemporary feel on shopfronts and display cases. Offices sit above this with upper level apartments.

The client’s and architect’s ambitions were extremely high, there has obviously been a good working relationship with the team and planners which has breathed beautiful new life into a commercial building and raised the bar for Oxford Street. With clever references to context, this is a thoroughly delightful mixed-use and sky-line.

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