London's Oxford Street Selfridges store is set to receive the world-renowned designer treatment as Renzo Piano is due to be appointed as the shop's architect.
Building.co.uk reported that Mr Piano, who has already designed three major projects across the capital, is set to work with developers on the multi-national chain stores to extend beyond its current premises. Selfridges had originally shelved expansion plans after calling off a £300 million plan by the designer Fosters in 2003 but now with the highly-acclaimed designer on board it believes that it is the right time to expand on to the grounds of the building.
Renzo Piano will work in partnership with developer Stanhope, which the site also revealed was in the midst of carrying out another high profile scheme in the capital by aiding to construct the 15-storey Mark Lane building.
Mr Piano has worked on a number of projects across the globe and this Selfridges extension will be the third major building he has developed in London. His previous works include The Shard and Central St Giles in Soho.
The Shard, which Mr Piano has previously described as his "dream building", is set to be the biggest structure in Western Europe once it opens its doors to the public in July. The building, colourfully referred to as "the Shard of Glass", is already transforming the skyline across the English capital.
In an interview with the Independent, Mr Piano said: "The higher up [in the Shard] you go, so the functions change, and you need less floor space, until you get to the very top, and there I just wanted the building to kind of mingle in the air. It's important that it breathes up there – that it breathes in the clouds."
Building.co.uk revealed that Selfridges intends to put in a luxury hotel, retail and office space as part of the development which is believed to cost less than the original £300 million scheme that was due to be undertaken in 2003, before a various number of complications slowed and eventually forced the plans to be shelved.
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