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Rogers Plans Fresh Wharf Towers

The Richard Rogers Partnership have released plans for two proposed inter-linked towers on Heron Quays West at Canary Wharf.

The landmark development features two separate towers of 38 and 27 floors containing 2,474,408 ft² of largely office space, the tallest reaching 214m and the shorter reaching 158m, joined together by a podium and is set on the site directly between Riverside South and Heron Quays.

Addressing the massing of problems of some of the Heron Quays buildings, and in particular number 2, these towers central visual tool is to try and break up the impact of their large scale steel and glass facades. With offset corners and a glass screen topping each tower the overall impact of the towers size is reduced whilst the 20m tall screens at the top of the buildings continue the impression of breaking up the facades and give an interesting crowning feature not previously seen in the Wharf.

The corners also help provide some colour variation and we can see from the images that the strong use of colour is becoming a trend in designs by R.R.P, particularly following their design for 122 Leadenhall Street which has similar bold uses of colour. Such use of colour though, represents a design departure for Canary Wharf who have always gone for more dour colour schemes in the past.

The existence of the central podium helps relate the towers to the groundplane whilst providing some continuity with other twin towers schemes proposed for the estate, complete with the trademarked Rogers signature of diagonal bracing on the cladding. Most importantly it provides something of a street level to help those on the ground feel less overwhelmed by the towers.

The towers themselves seem to be designed in a shape that partially tapers towards the back as the eye moves from east to west, clearly offsetting them from the docks around and providing an interesting visual contrast with its more rigidly designed neighbours. The tips of the taller crown however are designed to just reach the shoulder of One Canada Square and continue the visual theme that Canada Square is the center of the estate. Massing continuity is also provided by the shorter of the two towers which is designed to be of similar size to the neighbouring Heron Quays skyscrapers whilst the taller tower is the same height as one of the adjacent Riverside South buildings.

At a cost of £300 million pounds this project won't come cheap and it's not expected to be started until both North Quay and Riverside South are complete. Unless the current economic climate shows a remarkable change for the better we don't expect this project to start this side of 2010 which is a pity as these are the most interesting designs for Canary Wharf since we published the original Riverside South ones.

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Heron Quays West Tower 1

Heron Quays West Tower 1
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Heron Quays West Tower 2
Heron Quays West, Canary Wharf
Heron Quays West, Canary Wharf