Full wrap-around balconies signal the distinctiveness of this pair of residential towers at Canary Wharf.
Ballymore approached GHA to resolve a difficult dockside site where a previous development had failed. The practice worked in a highly collaborative way with Tower Hamlets and the GLA to achieve planning in just six months.
A particular constraint has been the elevated DLR track so the residential element of the 55- and 50-storey blocks sits above a podium containing the elegant lobby, communal facilities, retail and a waterfront café that also serves to animate an otherwise dead area beneath the tracks.
Throughout the design process we strived to create a carefully proportioned exterior, which flowed from a plan where the quality of living spaces and internal views was the starting point.
The towers, distinguishable by their balconies, slender footprint and articulated masonry facades, are offset to allow sunlight to reach the north facing dock.
Residential Category, Commended