An impressive team has been pieced together by Canary Wharf Group to design portions of the first phase for the Wood Wharf development in London’s major business district of Tower Hamlets. Already home to some of the UK’s tallest buildings, Canary Wharf has announced its plan to add a Herzog & de Meuron-designed residential high-rise to its glowing skyline on a redeveloped eight-hectare site.
Ascan Mergenthaler, senior partner at Herzog & de Meuron stated, “The new high-rise building will mediate between the city and the individual, the public and private, and will inject a new component of daily residential life into the evolving mixed-use Canary Wharf district. It will be both a symbol and the heart of the new Wood Wharf urban quarter, an extension of a dynamic global community and the start of a new vibrant neighborhood.”
See who else has been commissioned to partake in the first phase of the Canary Wharf development after the break.
The Swiss practice is one of three practices that have been commissioned to design the first phase of the Wood Wharf development. In addition to Herzog & de Meuron’s tower, Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams will design three smaller residential buildings which will be clustered around a courtyard and waterways at the western portion of the eight-hectare site. Allies & Morrison will also contribute two new buildings that are aimed to provide office space for IT services and new media companies above two stories of retail. All the structures will be integrated within and connected over the waterways by lush pedestrian pathways.
The three practices will collaborate with the master planners of Farrells and landscape architects Peter Walker and Partners.
Construction will commence in 2014 and the first buildings will open in 2017. Crossrail trains are expected to connect through to the Canary Wharf in 2018.