Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

The Heron Tower
2003, University of Nottingham, Professor Antony Wood
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Or what's a heaven for?"
                                                                          - Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto, 1855

The subject for this project is a mixed-use tower, combining prestigious office headquarters with residential apartments and retail-leisure space in one building. The site is 110 Bishopsgate, currently being developed by the Heron Corporation and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for a real tall building to be completed in 2011. As such then, both the site and the programmatic brief for this project are real and high profile.

The project included a 3-day fieldtrip to London to study site and precedents including visits to Tower 42, Canary Wharf, Kohn Pederson Fox Studios and a construction tour of the Swiss Re Tower.

The Heron Tower final projects incorporate a wide range of design agendas; these include a tower inspired by wind, a tower with a huge slice through its mass allowing light to penetrate through to the street below, and designs inspired by vertical villages, prefabrication and hydroponics.

 

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Sun Splice  

Sun Splice
Thomas Pickford

 
The Sun Splice scheme sets out to create a high rise building that has a minimum negative effect at ground level.

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Shell And Core

Shell and Core
Eva Young
 
This project explores the differing optimal relationships between shell and core for the differing office and residential function, in relation to both environmental context (in this case, sun) and physical context (view).

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Urban Axes  

Urban Axes
Julien McGuiness
 
This scheme is firmly rooted in its physical site context by creating two vast atriums whose axes are centred on two prominent London landmarks; Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Billboard  

Building as Billboard
Konstantinos Evangelou
 
The design partly takes as its inspiration the pulsing, neon night-time imagery of East Asian cities such as Tokyo or Hong Kong.

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Wind Tower  

Wind Tower
Simon Mok
 
This particular design response is inspired by the wind in three respects; its orientation to the predominant wind direction, the aerodynamic plan-form, and the incorporation of a large wind turbine.

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Structural Equilibrium  

Structural Equilibrium
Peter Kidger
 
This design was borne out of a clear structural rationale and a desire to visualise the structural working of the building.

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Vertical Urbanisation  

Vertical Urbanisation
Philip Oldfield
 
This project is best explained in the excellent building section, where ‘villages’ of residential and office communities are grouped either side of a tall atrium.

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Residential Filter  

Residential Filter
Krishan Pattni
 
This design responds clearly to two differing functions contained within the brief; the larger scale office accommodation and smaller scale residential accommodation pivoting around two central cores.

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Hydroponic Tower  

Hydroponic Tower
Robert Luck
 
In an attempt to provide green space which is most often lost in high rise buildings once the ground floor is departed, this design creates four vertical ‘hydroponic’ towers.

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Prefabrication  

Prefabrication
Suzanne Li
 
This project consists of a structural ‘framework’ in which ‘pods’ are inserted, incorporating a triangulated plan, with each tower housing a huge crane on its roof which would lift the prefabricated pods into place.

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Preferable Corner  

Preferable Corner
John Pedder
 
In both office and residential space, especially at elevated levels, the most sought after location is often that at the corner of the floor plate, since this location usually gives views in two directions.

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Tree House  

Tree House
Alex Roberson
 
Inspired by the exhilarating childhood feelings of height and liberation encapsulated in the tree house, this scheme seeks to capture that excitement by recreating the tree house on a vast scale.

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HighRise Villages  

High Rise Villages
Richard Vint
 
This project seeks to change the negative homogeneity of interior high rise space by considering the tall building as a series of autonomous ‘villages’ in the sky, each with a differing atmosphere and character.

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Sculptural Expression  

Sculptural Expression
Richard Wilson
 
This project followed a design approach typical of many tall buildings around the world - that as a sculptural icon within the city.

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Concordant Discordant  

Concordant - Discordant
Melanie Williams
 
This project worked with two layers - a concordant, 'regular' tower layer in a teardrop planform, and a discordant layer of organic, free-form spaces cutting discordantly across the regular tower.

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