Plot A01 comprises 25,000 m2 of development area located on the Southbank of the River Thames, near Battersea Power Station and the US Embassy. Its proximity to the River Thames would bring views of the river to a residential development on the site, whilst its proximity to the new American Embassy would bring them a landmark address. In order to maximize the views of the balconies towards the river, they are oriented directly towards it. This means that along the north elevation, the balconies are in line with the units themselves, whereas along the east and west sides, they are rotated at 20 degrees in order to face the river views. Consequently, along the north and south facades, each block appears with recessed balconies (loggias), whereas along the east and west facades the balconies will appear projecting. This shift from the recessed to projecting balconies creates a unique profile to the residential blocks that vary from face to face, therefore providing variety for people as they move around the site. This strategy not only provides optimum views to the balconies, but it also generates a corrugation of the building façades that allows us to effectively introduce 50% solid panels into the external envelope.
The play with the recessed and protruding balconies is carried out across all the blocks including the tower. In order to avoid the perception of a single monolithic block, each of the blocks are clad with a different material or colour. In order to provide a sense of individuality to each one of them and break the experience of the dense development into a cluster of individual blocks, four different colour bricks and an embossed metal cladding are introduced. However, other materials could be used, such as stone and pre-cast concrete.
Each block is composed of a mix of unit types, all market rate, with large family unit maisonettes occupying the lowest levels. The core of each block is located to face the courtyard which, in turn, pushes more of each unit type gaining exposure to the exterior of the block, to the outside increasing the privacy of the resident’s privacy and uninterrupted views to the exterior/river views. The entrances for each of the blocks are distributed evenly around the perimeter of the development to activate the building continuously at street level, helping to make the building more urban by activating the frontage and creating a unique address.