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PROJECT REPORT: RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS


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Meticulous thought has been put into the design of the building


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The building is under construction the south west corner of the former Wood Wharf (left of image)


dazzle observers, with the overarching goal being to create something ‘unique’. This inevitably leads to projects being accused of ‘form over function,’ and questions over whether the design energy has been spent chasing style, rather than considering the end user. With One Park Drive, which admittedly presents a fascinating composition, Herzog & de Meuron have taken a different approach. The firm’s meticulous attention to detail has led to a building whose external form describes the living spaces within. Facades sometimes cloak what may be a less than elegantly organised internal struc- ture. The seemingly eccentric hybrid layout of One Park Drive however – tapered apart- ments with square rooms within a circular envelope – is displayed proudly on the building’s exterior.


Circular towers pose a multitude of challenges to designers, and are therefore rare. The internal grid system achieved here, and the way it responds and interacts with the building’s overall form, is being seen as a possible benchmark for the future of cylin- drical buildings.


Meticulous thought has been put into the design of the building, such as the plan grid being rotated 45 degrees from true north to optimise sunlight exposure to each unit. An orthogonal stepped plan protects apart- ments from cross views, while offering multiple vistas.


In an interview with writer and director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic, project architect Jacques Herzog commented: “What makes it interesting sculpturally is that it has


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a mix of different apartment sizes. “We used that mix as an opportunity to express it in the facade. Small apartments produce a different imprint on the facade than larger or medium sizes. It gives the building the light, the scale and the grain and the profile.”


Herzog wanted the building to be “looking all round,” which resulted in a design that avoids the circular perimeter dictating the outlook for residents. “It does not really participate in any given vista,” he explains, “it potentially has interesting views all around.”


The unified exterior of One Park Drive is to be clad in glazed, fluted terracotta. This will make for a far warmer and more tactile facade than is common on buildings of this type. It’s a far cry from the glass sheen characterising many of the surrounding buildings, and helps to signify this is a place for people to live, not work. Tactility is clearly important to the architect, as Herzog says: “It will feel good to touch. We will use a lot of wood.”


Three typologies


The tower combines three distinct designs, which have been labelled ‘typologies’, stacked on top of each other, and each easily distinguishable on the skyscraper’s exterior. It is envisaged that each typology will “re- examine city living,” providing its own lifestyle characteristics, while together they form a harmonious whole.


Herzog describes how the firm set the development apart from its peers by providing this explicit variety: “Residential


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