shigeru ban's first UK building will be a five-storey residence in central london

shigeru ban's first UK building will be a five-storey residence in central london

plans have been announced for shigeru ban’s first building in the UK — a private five-storey residence in central london. the project, which is being developed alongside waugh thistleton architects, was first reported in 2015 and has now received planning approval. sited on the edge of potters fields park, a public setting located on the southern side of the thames, the property has been oriented north-south in order to offer views towards the river and the tower of london beyond.

shigeru ban waugh thistleton
all images courtesy of shigeru ban architects and waugh thistleton architects



utilizing both shigeru ban’s and waugh thistleton architects’ extensive experience in working with with wood, the proposal uses a timber structure in order to blend with the natural surroundings. the 21.5 meter-tall scheme is topped a roof garden beneath with an undulating roof, which will be formed from a lightweight timber and steel hybrid grid, and covered by a translucent membrane.

shigeru ban waugh thistleton
the private residence will be topped with an undulating roof canopy



the 3-bed family house is set over a basement and a ground floor home office/work space. above, all habitable floors are accessible by lift. two bedrooms are found on the first floor, along with a shared bathroom. meanwhile, the master bedroom suite is located on the second storey. the living space is located on the third floor of the proposal, alongside a WC and storage space. the dining room and kitchen are located on the fourth and final habitable storey where an internal staircase leads to the roof garden.

shigeru ban waugh thistleton
the five-storey building will offer views of the river thames

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    493,013 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample