A triple height entrance lobby will welcome visitors to a world-class hotel, two restaurants, three sky gardens and a 248 unit residential tower, all with stunning views over Olympic Park. These are some of the key features offered in the newly unveiled plan for the 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens in London, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). It is planned to be built near the Stratford International Station – the gateway to the 2012 London Olympics. Completion is scheduled for 2014. Continue after the break to learn more.
Located alongside one of London’s largest and newest international transport interchanges, the 135 meter tower will include a mix of single-height flats, double-height lofts and triple-height penthouses. Tenants will never be more than nine storeys away from an outdoor space, as three sky gardens are strategically integrated throughout the tower.
The combination of the seven-storey hotel and thirty-four-story residential tower includes a shared large communal lobby, leisure facilities, swimming pool, spa facilities, meeting and conference spaces as well as a shared external roof garden that overlooks the Olympic park.
The building’s façade maintains a duality of transparent and solid panels in a serrated composition in glass and terracotta. The panels are aligned using a triangulated geometry in plan. From the corner aspects of the building, this panel directionality becomes most apparent – only one type of panel may be visible across an entire façade. Therefore, movement around the exterior of the building gives a continual interplay between solidity and transparency. The directionality of the solid panels versus the transparent ones greatly reduces the amount of direct sunlight entering the building on certain façades.