Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Tall & Green: Canary Wharf
2008, University of Nottingham, David Nicholson-Cole
“The theory of skyscraper design might, in the future, be derived in part from the ethic of energy conservation.”                                      - Ken Yeang, The Skyscraper Bioclimatically Considered
 

In the 21st century, climate change is the most pressing problem for humanity and new architecture has to be sustainable in terms of energy consumption and carbon emissions, and social/economic viability in the low-oil world of the future. In light of this, the ‘Tall & Green’ project seeks to challenge the tall building standard model – the high-energy consuming, air-conditioned glass ‘box’ that exists in cities around the globe – and instead explores the potential for environmentally responsive skyscrapers, set within the existing high-rise context of Canary Wharf.

The programmatic brief for each project was derived from site studies and research, with the majority of the towers looking to enrich the overtly commercial area through residential provision. The project began with a fieldtrip to London, whilst the normal system of weekly tutorials and design reviews were supplemented by video presentations of the design proposals. To read a more detailed project description, please click here, or to learn more about the projects click one of the links below.

The following ‘Tall and Green’ design projects respond to the imbalance of the existing development in Canary Wharf, London - the densest cluster of tall buildings in Europe. The bioclimatic multiuser building program is intended to sensitize architects to design to meet the challenge of climate change as well as urban growth.

Final Presentations


 
Helical Tower

Helical Tower
Andrew Chapman & George Christodoulou
 
The 256m high Helical tower on Heron Quay is mixed use, consisting of retail, co-working offices, business incubator, apart-hotel and residential apartments. These are organized into horizontally zoned ‘villages’ separated by sky courts, and a sky bridge to the neighboring tower.

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Eco Sky City  

Eco Sky City
Yifan Qui & Geyang Guo
 
The 240m high Eco Sky City on Heron Quay is a vertically-sliced mixed-use skyscraper, bringing round-the-clock vitality into Canary Wharf: a school, sports facilities, commercial offices, affordable housing, and a sky high luxury hotel to present best views of London to visitors.

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Vertical Villages Tower

Vertical Villages Tower
Jingyun Huang, Guopeng Li & Fan Min Jun
 
The 165m high Vertical Villages Tower (VVT) on North Quay serves Canary Wharf and the other tall buildings nearby, providing a mixture of facilities typical of an urban neighborhood - secondary school and further education facilities, library, hotel, sport, entertainment, and shopping.

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Beehive Tower  

Beehive Tower
Rory Newel & Lucy Richardson

 
The 220m high Beehive Tower on Heron Quay is inspired by natural beehives, particularly the hexagonal forms of the honeycomb. The ‘Hive' aims to establish within Canary Wharf a community of city dwellers who love gardening.

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Curvy Canyon Tower

Curvy Canyon Tower
Christopher Lee
 
The Curvy Canyon tower is on North quay, with sky bridges to the VVT. It is a multiuse twin-tower: the residential and commercial elements are in two distinctive connected towers, with a major sky court level 2/3s up, and minor (private) sky courts at regular intervals.

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Trigonal Arch Tower  

Trigonal Arch Tower
Young Won Cho & Dimitris Kaimakliotis
 
The Trigonal Arch tower on North Quay is connected to its neighbor by the sky bridge and ground scraper.

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Yin Yang Tower  

Yin Yang Tower
Korapong Kannasoot, Dayang Chen & Bin Fu
 
The 195m high Yin Yang Tower on India Dock North Quay is named partially because of its shape, but mostly because it works to balance the competing but complementary uses of residential and commercial accommodation.

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Zenith Tower  

Zenith Tower
Ruba Salib & Basma Al-Husseini
 
The Zenith Tower is on India Dock North quay, adjacent to the Dockland Light Railway. It is multiuse, like most of the TAB towers, but with a higher residential content. The design is inspired by the idea of a stiff structural core with lightweight super insulated prefabricated elements.

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Bridging Tower  

Bridging Tower
Sivaraman Sundarapurushothaman, Denish Bangaru & Suveena Kasat
 
The Bridging Tower is on India Dock North Quay and is smaller than its neighbours to maintain a view of 1 Canada Square as seen from the Olympic stadium in 2012.

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