Swiss structure studio Herzog & de Meuron has accomplished the One Park Drive residential skyscraper at Canary Wharf in London.
Designed to face out from the encircling workplace towers of Canary Wharf, the 58-storey skyscraper has a particular cylindrical kind.
“Set towards the backdrop of the present Canary Wharf buildings, the round type of the brand new tower clearly distinguishes itself from its orthogonal neighbours,” stated the studio.
“The shape is a press release of the tower’s distinction. It’s a residential tower including a brand new dimension to an space dominated by business area.”
The tower, which incorporates 484 flats, varieties a part of developer Canary Wharf Group’s wider plan so as to add houses to the predominantly business space of east London.
Standing 205 metres tall, it was designed by Herzog & de Meuron to be a landmark construction inside the Wooden Wharf enlargement of Canary Wharf.
“It was very clear that this could have to be a signature constructing,” stated Brian De’ath, director of residential gross sales at Canary Wharf Group.
“It stands on the head of the dock in a really distinguished place and is the primary constructing you see as you cross the bridge into the Wooden Wharf growth,” he advised Dezeen.
The skyscraper was designed to have the looks of a cylindrical tower, however the majority of the flats have common straight edges.
In keeping with the developer, this creates an aesthetic look that differentiates the constructing from the oblong-shaped workplace towers, however doesn’t affect the standard of the flats.
“It appears to be like like a spherical constructing, however does not have the problems of breaking a spherical constructing into flats,” defined De’ath
“Spherical buildings are very difficult to occupy as you want particular furnishings or find yourself with plenty of odd-shaped lifeless areas,” he continued.
“This constructing was designed from the within out. It has an excellent affect externally, however works internally.”
One Park Drive is split into 4 distinct sections, that are clearly seen on its exterior.
“The outside of the brand new residential tower is the outward expression of the residential models that represent nearly all of this system,” stated the studio.
“Aggregated collectively, these models kind a tower facade that gives a transparent distinction between the human scale of the residential growth and the unifying mass of the workplace towers behind it.”
The rounded lowest two flooring comprise the doorway foyer and cinema area, topped with a fitness center and swimming pool. Above this are 56 flooring of flats.
The bottom 9 flooring have rounded flooring plates with massive flats that stretch out onto curved exterior balconies.
Above this are 22 flooring of smaller studio, one and two-bed flats with a boxy exterior expression.
The constructing is topped with 25 flooring of huge flats with curved exterior partitions which might be twisted to create exterior balconies.
The interiors of the decrease stage flats had been accomplished by London design consultancy Bowler James Brindley with the higher flooring models designed by inside studio Goddard Littlefair.
Seven duplex penthouses on the tower’s high two flooring are being designed by Herzog & de Meuron and will likely be accomplished later this yr.
One Park Drive is the primary residential skyscraper within the UK designed by Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron, which was based by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in 1978.
Earlier residential tasks by the studio embody a blocky, 60-storey skyscraper at 56 Leonard Road in New York, the Jade Signature skyscraper in Miami and a plant-covered tower in Beirut.
Pictures is by Lee Mawdsley.