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Angel Delight

A planning application has been filed for yet another development on the Isle of Dogs in London's ever growing Docklands.

The proposals this time are by the Angel Group for Angel House which is at 225 Marsh Wall and importantly marks the first development of a tall building on the eastern half of the Isle of Dogs north of the Docklands Light Railway, an area so far devoid of tall buildings.

The scheme has been designed by SOM defectors, Jacobs Webber who have come up with a mixed use tower of 43 floors that will be 131.69 metres tall, a relatively modest height compared with many of the proposals around it.

Within will be a number of different uses including 1,038 square metres of office space, 18 serviced apartments aimed at the top end of the market, ground floor retail and 225 apartments with the private portion in the tower and the affordable units housed next to the eastern side of the tower in an 11 floor wing.

Jacobs Webber's design is certainly idiosyncratic thanks to the heavy use of coloured cladding that the north and south facades are dominated by. This is utilised to great effect behind a series of clear balconies with the east and west sides of the tower also have coloured strips of glass running vertically up them.

Contrasting with this array of colour are the edges of the tower that will be clad in stainless steel and metallic screen panels on the centre of the eastern side splitting the colour into two vertical strips until it reaches the head.

Adding further to the eccentricity of the tower is a cantilevered head that juts out above the affordable housing block offering a double height amenity space in the form of a health club and swimming pool giving it a distinctive shape, particularly when compared to other more restrained residential towers such as Pan Peninsula.

Along with the plans by SOM for Phase 2 of Crossharbour, Angel House is part of a growing indication that boring American corporatist architecture in the Isle of Dogs could have its dominance in the area challenged by a new generation skyscrapers with something more visually interesting to offer.

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