8 New Towers Proposed for London’s South Bank

Building 1 – office use; Squire and Partners. Image courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups.

Images of the transformation of the Campus, which include 8 towers to be designed by six different architects in ’s South Bank, have been released and submitted for approval by the local authority, Lambeth Council.

The project, under a  Masterplan by Squire and Partners and co-developed by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, is a 5.25-acre mixed-use scheme between Waterloo Station and Hungerford Bridge. While the famous 27-story Shell Tower will be preserved, the plans show eight new residential and office buildings will be constructed by six architectural firms: an office and two residential towers by Squire and Partners, one office tower by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF); a residential block by Patel Taylor; another by Stanton Williams; and two more residential towers by GRID Architects.

In total, about 800,000 sq ft of office space (which includes the existing Shell Tower), 800,000 sq ft of residential space (translating to 790 new homes, including affordable housing), and 80,000 sq ft of new retail units/restaurants/cafés will be created. As Michael Squire of Squire and Partners told The Architect’s Journal: “We make no apology, this is a dense development, it sits next to one of the busiest train stations in Europe. This is a massive sustainable move that will allow people to live and work in the same area.”

More on the proposed plan for London’s South Bank, after the break…

KPF Releases Masterplan for Chinese City Built From Scratch

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International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently announced that their design for the 120 million square foot master plan for Meixi Lake in Changsha, is being realized. A new city in the West Changsha Pioneer Zone in Hunan Province, Meixi Lake is centered around a 3.85 kilometer‐long lake. Upon completion, the city will be home to 180,000 inhabitants, and will provide residents, workers and visitors sustainable neighborhoods for living, working, recreation, culture and entertainment. More images and architects’ press release after the break.

KPF DesignCloud

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates recently announced the launch of their KPF DesignCloud, the first global design charrette involving all 6 of the firm’s offices in , London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, , and Abu Dhabi. The web-based vehicle for interaction amongst designers is intended for the exchange of ideas, observations, and questions. This is done quarterly to frame a specific problem to be solved. Their first charratte focuses on “Rest, Relieve, Relax, Repose” where KPF staff members were given one week to come up with a design concept, after which the jurors and designers were able to review and comment through the KPF DesignCloud website. For more information, please visit here. A video of their last charrette can be viewed after the break.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to Design Giant Office Building Next to Grand Central Terminal

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates were recently selected to design a giant office building the landlord hopes to build next to Grand Central Terminal. Selected by SL Green Realty Corp., the architects’ design would be one of the largest Midtown towers on the East Side in a generation. While building in is a challenge, SL Green is moving ahead full steam with planning. The company is in discussions with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to obtain additional development rights by building pedestrian improvements including underground connectors to Grand Central, according to executives informed of the planning. More information after the break.

Block H of the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) shared with us their design proposal for Block H of the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) in . The goal of YIBD is to create a new symbol for the 21st Century city; a new urban center that will include international business, living, entertainment, and shopping. Scheduled for completion in 2016, Block H consists of a luxury 5-Star hotel and high-end serviced residential building containing 167,225 square meters of space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

A. Eugene Kohn Watercolour Exhibition

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International architecture firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently presented a selection of Chairman and Founder A. Eugene Kohn’s watercolours in this fall. The artists’ proceeds from the works sold were donated to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cancer Research at the University of Michigan. The proceeds from a silent auction of several noteworthy pieces during the opening reception on October 3rd will also be donated to the Cancer Fund (HKCF). More images and a brief description of the exhibition after the break.