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Commencement : 2013

Completed : 2024

Architect : A-Zero Architects

Giles Bruce,  Phillip Toyin,

Mizue Katayama, Shoichi Sado,

Maria Despina Stasi, Nicolas Tome

Structural Design:

TALL Engineers /

Entuitive Engineers


Contractor :

Blero Construction ltd​ /

BBC Construction


Agnese Sanvito

View to the Thames

London, UK,


Adjacent to the river Thames, this new build developmnt is designed to capture specific views to London. The building is conceived as two parts, a lower brick base built from bricks harvested from the original building which sat on the site, and an upper canililevered volume, which mediates between the scales of the adjacent buildings. The project references its context in form, but is distinct in the materiality of fibre cement tiles, flush glazing and integrated photovoltaic panels. 


The facade is clad in fibre cement panels, which flush with the rooflights and glazing. Bricks harvested from the deconstruction of the original structure which sat on the site, are incorporated in to the base of the building. 

The site is surrounded by some of London's most iconic landmarks - Tower Bridge, the Shard, the river Thames and Canary Wharf.


At the outset of the project, in order to design the building in response to these views, we hired a cherry picker to conduct an arial survey of the airspace. This informed the massing of the building and placement of window in response to these views. 

The facade is deigned according to the proportion of the roof integrated photovoltaic panels. The orientation and tilt of the roof is otimal for the integration of renewables, but problematic in terms of summer solar gain. The solution of internally mounted louves is a simple, but effective one. 


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