Montreal House and Toronto House form part of the Maple Quays development at Canada Water, one of Londons largest regeneration schemes creating a new waterside community in the heart of Rotherhithe Peninsula.
The design of Site B2 has been developed with careful regard to the adopted and emerging Council policies and guidance concerning urban design, urban regeneration and sustainable development. Although a masterplan for the site had been approved, PKS believed that the built form proposed by the masterplanners failed to provide a civic backdrop to the town square, on one side, while also failing to engage open space with the canalside adjacent. PKS gained consent for a radically different built form which addressed these urban design issues more successfully.
All of the elevations adhere to the general principles of the building form. Each is constructed from brickwork. Cavities have been carved out of this form to accommodate glazing, winter gardens and balconies, which have, in turn, been clipped into the structure. Whilst each facade shares the same general components, the building integrates itself onto site by adjusting its elevational components to the specific site conditions at its boundaries.
As such, the elevation to Surrey Quays Road, picks up on the busy street and uses winter gardens, double window sets and balconies to create a diverse rhythm reflecting the bustle of the streetscape. The elevation to the plaza, however, employs more classical proportions to give it an authority suitable to the civic space that it articulates.
Barratt East London
Residential & Commercial
Part of £150 Million Contract
13,506 sqm - 145,379 sqft
Ibstock, Linit, Raynaers, Metsec, London Engineering, URS, MLM, Colt, FDS