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A Look At Wood Wharf

A detailed planning application has been submitted for Wood Wharf next to Canary Wharf in London.

The huge redevelopment of this brownfield site to the immediate east of Canary Wharf is being led by a landmark residential tower called One Wood Wharf designed by Herzog & de Meuron. It's the firm's first skyscraper in London, which if built will be 203.95 metres tall with 56 floors, a height that reaches almost the permitted limit set by the Civil Aviation Authority for the area.

A second tower is also planned which will be about 150 metres tall with 40 floors including the ground level. This first phase, is the leading part of what will be the "landmark residential" quarter of Wood Wharf designed by Stanton Williams.

The main tower by Herzog & de Meuron has been designed by the architects to be viewed from all sides, and as such has no front nor back. Circular in nature it perhaps evokes that of Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City in Chicago whilst the projecting apartments are a trick that Herzog & de Meuron have used before, notably at 56 Leonard Street in New York, although that tower was not circular in nature.

The planning grid rotates 45 degrees from north allowing the apartments to face out from the centre of the building like spokes of a wheel whilst avoiding too many north facing windows. Further to this each of the upper floors is stepped in an orthogonal manner to prevent apartments from overlooking each other.

A heirarchy of uses is identified visually from the use of balconies and terraces with the large loft apartments near the bottom of the tower, and the smaller apartments near the centre with their windows clustered closely together. The larger apartments with two and three bedrooms will have recessed terraces carved in between the projecting bay windows. In all the tower will contain 452 apartments set over 55 storeys.

At the base a new waterside promenade will be created that includes a boardwalk and mooring points along the dockside. One of the features it is expected to have is a bandstand. This area, called South Dock Park, is approaching the size of Victoria Embankment Gardens in central London.

Further phases are anticipated to see a total of 39 buildings including seven more skyscrapers, one of which will be a 188.5 metre tall tower by Kohn Pedersen Fox, and an additional two towers over 100 metres tall.

The masterplan is split into five areas with distinct characteristics. Apart from the Landmark Living, there will be a Commercial zone that sits to the immediate east of Churchill Place that will be largely office space, a Waterside Living area, that overlooks South Dock, a Residential area to the north east of the scheme, and in the middle one dubbed Central Activity with a new retail district at its heart and courtyard residential blocks.

Given the fresh new peaks that the London residential market seems to hit every week, it is hardly surprising that Canary Wharf is eager to get things underway as soon as possible. The timetable for the project anticipates construction on phase 1 beginning before the end of 2014 for a 2017 completion.

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