The concept for the design is driven by the nature of the site, the surrounding context, and the relevant planning policy. The scheme provides commercial space over the first three floors of the building within the ‘plinth’ or ‘podium’ element of the design.
Two separate residential tall buildings are proposed to rise up from the ‘plinth’, consisting of 25 and 20 stories in height providing 278 dwellings. The massing of the tall building elements has evolved from the study of existing and proposed structures within the changing local area. The heights of the two towers create a stepped relationship from the Wandsworth tower building up to the 12-14 Lombard Road riverside tower. The slender nature and positioning of the residential tall buildings enable the massing and visual appearance to be diminished, with wide gaps between the schemes two towers, and the adjacent towers, allowing daylight and views of the sky through the site and on to the parks beyond.
The tall buildings will have a glazed base at the podium roof level and are faceted in the plan. The orientation of each elevation allows for directed outlooks towards key views such as parks and green spaces, the river and the city to the northwest. It also allows for views to be directed away from residential buildings in close proximity to aid in good neighborly relations.
WANDSWORTH RESIDENTIAL TOWERS IN LONDON
CONRAN & PARTNERS
CONCEPTUAL DESIGN, 2017