The Library Building proves to be an arresting site for anyone strolling northward from Clapham Common. All futuristic curves and clustered towers, it provides matchless views of London and is singlehandedly set to transform a High Street that was until recently lagging behind its own side roads in the regeneration stakes. Developers Cathedral Group have pulled off the deft trick of merging stylish urban living apartments with attractive civic amenities and this welcome visionary trend is fast become a workable template throughout the capital.
Villeroy & Boch fixtures in the bathrooms coupled with Siemens or Bosch appliances and mirrored splashbacks in the kitchens ensure that the Library Building rental apartments reflect the high design ethic of the award-winning exterior. Efficient, yet imaginative use of energy is an on-going theme in these one and two bedroom apartments with low-energy recessed down lighting and zoned underfloor heating combining to keep emissions to a minimum. Bay windows, terraces and even that new-build rarity - dual aspect rooms, ensure that living areas are as airy as they are luxurious.
Fitted wardrobes, chrome-and-glass finished showers and oak floors will all prove to be popular with the residents, but the ground-floor library rotunda and an amalgamated health and leisure centre point the way forward to a holistic urban experience that is sure to be emulated elsewhere.