Future Systems has won planning permission to replace the bland glass-brick frontage of a building in London’s Oxford Street with a “jewel-like” glass and aluminium facade.

The practice behind the popular Selfridges building in Birmingham said the idea behind the design at 367 Oxford Street was to “delicately unify the lower-ground and first-floor retail units with the office space above. Through the repetition of crystal-like glass bays, a sense of scale and rhythm is created which reflects the grain of the adjacent properties, as well as giving the offices panoramic views along Oxford Street.”

The facade is part of a redevelopment of the 1960s building into a mixed-use scheme for an Irish developer.