Canary Wharf Group has appointed Herzog & de Meuron to design a new residential tower at Wood Wharf, an eight-hectare redevelopment adjacent to Canary Wharf in London that's set to become one of the capital's most prestigious waterfront developments.
The new high-rise building (though they're not saying how high-rise yet) will inject a new component of daily residential life into the evolving mixed-use Canary Wharf district and is set to become the heart of the new Wood Wharf urban quarter neighbourhood.
Herzog & de Meuron will design a prominent new residential tower on the south westerly corner of the site. Facing the waters of South Dock on two sides the proposed landmark tower will be taller than its immediate neighbours and enjoy views over a new waterside park on the south side of the site. Canary Wharf Group, the developers of the site, say it will set a new benchmark for high rise residential design in London.
The buildings will offer 360 degree views of London in what will be one of the capital’s tallest residential buildings. The redevelopment of the site is being masterplanned by Farrell and Partners who replaced Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners last year.
Allies and Morrison is to draw up plans for two office buildings on the plot of land which will both include retail on the ground and first floors. Stanton Williams will design three new residential buildings around a communal courtyard at the western end of Wood Wharf.
Herzog & de Meuron Senior Partner Ascan Mergenthaler says: "The new Wood Wharf Tower will mediate between the city and the individual, public and private and will inject a new component of daily residential life into the evolving mixed-use Canary Wharf district."
Building begins next year with completion in 2017 to coincide with the opening of the cross rail transport hub in Canary Wharf. Herzog & de Meuron are naturally very well represented in our architecture books, among others you'll find them in The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture and the 20th Century World Architure.