UK firm patel taylor has completed ‘lombard wharf’ a residential tower located on a riverfront site in wandsworth, south london. the façade seems to twist as it rises — an illusion created by the subtle changes in the shape of the high-rise’s precast-concrete balconies. this allows the tower to be viewed from all sides with no distinct front or back. the 28-floor building contains one, two, and three bedroom apartments. 

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the new residential tower sits on the riverfront of wandsworth in south london
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patel taylor has integrated the building into the complex urban fabric. the tower sits almost at the foot of a newly planned footbridge and a portion of the thames path. at night, the riverfront is illuminated by the LED lights along each balcony that trace the shape of the building. the developer, barratt london, believes that the area’s easy connections to the rest of the city make it a popular destination for people to move or invest. the architect’s design expanded further than the tower itself. 

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the tower defines the area’s skyline
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patel taylor has placed emphasis on growing the amount of accessible public space on the site. the firm has designed two adjacent railways arches that contain workshop space and a pedestrian footpath. ‘the creation of a new public plaza is at the heart of our vision, opening up a link from west to east‘ said architect pankaj patel, adding, ‘riverfront buildings have a propensity to face the water. we wanted lombard wharf to look equally attractive from every view point, acting as a marker on the river whilst not turning its back onto the city.’

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subtle changes in the shape of the pre-cast concrete balconies allow the façade to twist
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the first four floors of the building are designated for affordable housing
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the architects also took the surrounding site into consideration, integrating public spaces
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unlike many riverfront properties, the building can be viewed from all angles
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the building is close to the thames path and a newly planned footbridge
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the design is enhanced by the opening up of two adjacent railway arches
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the area is experiencing growth as people continue to invest in property
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