All images courtesy of SimpsonHaugh and Partners
Blackfriars Bridge continues an important city axis across the river and into Southwark. One Blackfriars - the proposals for a major mixed-use development include a 170m tower at the bridgehead that joins the sequence of landmarks along the Southbank. One Blackfriars will be a 52-storey with 274 apartments, with two lower-rise structures, a five-storey hotel and two-storey mixed-use building with spa facilities and retail units.The elegant expression of the tower creates a beautiful new silhouette on the London skyline. Its slender raking volume minimises the tower’s footprint and maximises the extent of the public realm at street level. The tower has a double-skin façade, the outer leaf of which is a substantially transparent glass surface that traces the curved geometry of the envelope. The solid elements of the more orthogonal inner leaf are coloured such that the expression of the interior volumes is overlaid with a subtle variation of rendering that lightens as the building extends skyward.