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Farrells Project Skylines Revealed

A planning application has been filed with the London borough of Tower Hamlets for the Project Skyline development designed by Farrells for a site adjacent to Marsh Wall and Limeharbour.

The development features a number of blocks on its triangular site lining the northern and western sides in two groups and stepping up in height to the north-western corner where a public square is planned that will extend out past the site further to the north-west. The rest of the southern portion of the site is largely filled by a pavilion block with a large green roof. whilst a new public throughfare will be created going from east to north and west.

The main towers on the site consist of four buildings with a number of uses that will accommodate 2,020 square metres of retail and 6,900 square metres of office space, 806 apartments, and a 123 bedroom hotel.

Lining the western elevation of Limeharbour is Block A which will be 23 storeys and 90.4 metres AOD, and connected to it is Block B that will be 40 storeys and 141.6 metres AOD. Along the northern side at Marsh Wall will be Block B1 rising to 50 storeys with a height of 168.2m AOD making it taller than Pen Peninsula, and Block C reaching 23 storeys and 85.4m AOD.

Each of the two lines of buildings has a different approach to the facades. The Limeharbour towers will have precast concrete panels and clear glazing with reddish terracotta cladding on its sides and a void between the buildings at ground level. Interestingly the southern end of Block A will be covered in a huge green wall, the tallest in London.

Bounding Marsh Wall, the buildings will have a selection of glazing using both blue and neutral shades. There will also be aluminium cladding, both light and dark, with the overall forms of the buildings being that of interlocking geometry with a strong vertical emphasis. Peppering its sides is a collection of protruding but enclosed glass balconies with dashes of colour, whilst again green roofs feature heavily.

Despite the fun approach that the architecture takes visually, the creation of what appears to be a clay skyscraper thanks to the terracotta, an unusual fašade colour anywhere but particularly in the staid area of Canary Wharf, will raise some more conservative observers to ask whether the architect has overdone it. It will be interesting to see if, as the project proceeds through the planning system, it has its character gradually removed and we're left with something as sensible as other nearby buildings.
Project Skylines, London
Project Skylines, London