Masterly work with form in the first residential skyscraper of the famous Swiss office in the UK
The residential skyscraper One Park Drive from the Swiss architectural bureau Herzog & amp; de Meuron. The 205-meter-high building with 484 apartments is part of a large project by developer Canary Wharf Group in a commercial area of east London.
The main distinguishing feature of the One Park Drive skyscraper is its shape. Most of the buildings around are rectangular, while the tower is from Herzog & amp; de Meuron is shaped like a cylinder. This is especially so, since the house is located right on the river bend, and the surrounding office buildings seem to be left behind.
The round shape of the One Park Drive residential tower does not in any way affect the quality of life in it. Looking closer, it becomes noticeable that the main cylindrical volume of the building consists of a series of rectangular blocks of apartments. Thus, the Swiss architectural firm was able to avoid the inconvenience associated with the radius walls. Usually, for rooms with similar layouts, furniture has to be designed to order. In addition, there are many unused areas left in them. At the same time, the apartments on the upper and lower floors still have curved walls, but even there they do not touch residential premises, but constitute loggias or balconies.
The interiors of the apartments in the lower tier of the lower tier were designed by James Bowbs; – by Goddard Littlefair studio. The two lower curved floors house the lobby and cinema, as well as the gym and swimming pool. All interiors of public areas were designed by GA Design.