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Howells Design Landmark Canada Water Tower

As part of the ongoing redevelopment of Canada Water in south-east London, Glen Howells has been hard at work designing a new landmark tower to stand in the area.

Phase A, the gateway to the entire Canada Water site near to the underground station of the same name, is a residential led scheme that features 688 new homes with the star of the show being the landmark tower of 27 floors above ground in addition to four low-rise blocks.

This building has been designed to front directly on to Surrey Quays Road and help enclose a newly planned public plaza outside the underground station and bus station. Along with the shorter council blocks of Regina Point and Columbia Point that stand only 50 metres away, the building will help form a small cluster here and finally add a little bit of high-rise architectural diversity.

The building has designed to be hexagonal in nature although the footprint is similar to an equilateral triangle that has had the corners lopped off making three of the sides shorter than the others. The apartments have been arranged around a central core with the three shorter sides accommodating balconies.

Adding a spot of local context, the height to width aspect ratio of the tower has been based on Regina Point and Columbia Point to help it fit in better.
Cladding the building is a series of shifting planes of glazing with ordered vertical columns running over them up the length of the tower.

Topping it is a two-storey fašade overrunning the roof on the three broader sides of the tower and enclosing a garden pushing the height up to approximately 80 metres.

The low-rise housing comes in the form of a mixture of townhouses and apartment blocks with floor to ceiling glazing and brick facades that help them look more "London".

Developed by Barratt Homes, a company once famous for suburban rabbit hutches but now one of the most prolific tower builders in the country, the scheme is one to watch out for over this coming development cycle.

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Canada Water Building A4

Canada Water Building A4
Regina Point

Regina Point
Columbia Point

Columbia Point
Canada Water, Site A
Canada Water, Site A
The planned public plaza
The planned public plaza