The previous office building had been badly damaged by the IRA bomb in 1996 and following a period in which the frame was left exposed, EPR were asked to re-invent the site for residential use. We utilised the generous office floor-to-ceiling heights and re-engineered the cores to optimise the plan and produce high-quality apartments. The architectural language is refined and modern, with a horizontal balcony ‘plane’ at low level above which the main accommodation block appears to float.
The simple vertical bays with full-height glass windows and doors and lightweight steel and timber balconies provide a strong rhythm to the elevations. The building’s double-height penthouses are set-back to define a clear ‘top’ to the architectural form and provide terraces with spectacular views across the new Canary Wharf estate. The generous space and quality of light achieved throughout the design contrasted starkly with some of its neighbouring developments resulting in rapid sales and a highly desirable addition to London Docklands.
Client: Capital + Provident | Services: Architecture | Size: 283 apartments