Plans for two of the tallest towers that will ring the 2012 Olympic site in London have been revealed adding another piece to the emerging planning jigsaw there.
Coming from Allies and Morrison the scheme called Broadway Chambers to the immediate north of Stratford High Street on a site only a few metres to the west of the hulking sixties block, Morgan House. Stratford's bus station is but a few seconds walk to the north of the scheme.
They will also stand opposite the Olympian Tower, a curving building of approximately 93 metres in height from the same architects that so far has not been revealed in detail.
The tallest tower of the scheme consists of one tower of 123.25 metres with 39 floors that will have ground floor retail with the rest of its internal accommodation being residential apart from the upper level that will have amongst other things it's own lounge for residents and a private gym.
Linked together via a joint residential lobby, the shorter building will be 57.25 metres with shops on its ground floor, office space on the first and second floors and the rest of its floors given over to residential except for the top which will the taller tower will contain a central plant area ringed by a semi enclosed roof terrace.
In total they will contain 388 residential units, 1,345 square metres of retail, 1,274 square metres of commercial space and 1,466 square metres of outdoor space for residents which will be a mixture of winter gardens and balconies. 1,050 square metres of public space is limited tightly to the ground floor.
Design of both buildings is near identical with them both employing highly efficient square floorplates that have allowed the architects to plan for a building that uses a simple structure with a central core and columns ringing the buildings perimeters.
Following through this simplicity are the facades of the buildings that are highly symmetrical with the structural grid expressed throughout thanks to metallic cladding with recessed glazing behind it.
Vertical strips of aluminium louvres are also used on the residential parts of the scheme that can be controlled from inside the apartments to naturally ventilate them without the need for opening the windows. The visual effect of these is to combine up the walls of the towers adding to the strong vertical articulation.
The end result is a couple of conservatively designed, but clean-cut looking towers that manage to have an element of soar to them thanks to their width to height ratios. They may not have the wow factor but not every building needs to be an architectural footballers wife, particularly when the design focus for the 2012 should be inwards to the sports facilities.
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