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DP Architects expands into Europe with design for two towers in London

by Sophie Cullen on Jan 29, 2016 in Architecture
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Singapore-based firm DP Architects has designed Mariner's Quarter James Cook and Marco Polo Buildings, two flagship towers within London's Royal Wharf master plan

The two apartment towers are to be developed by Oxley Holdings Limited and Ballymore on the last phase of the Royal Wharf masterplan. The 15ha development is conceptualised to be a new residential, business and leisure destination with panoramic views across the River Thames.

3_Inspired by the patterns of London's weather,the building's facade was designed to modify with the seasons,with its movable facade louvered screens

The James Cook and Marco Bolo Buildings are the firm’s first projects in London, and have been spearheaded by new CEO Angelene Chan. The proposed Marco Polo Building would stand at 58.25m, being the tallest waterfront building, and anchoring the developments corner. Comprising three vertically stacked boxes, it creates a unique silhouette thanks to a subtle tectonic shift between each box. The James Cook Building utilises a similar façade treatment while reversing its colour palette for subtle differentiation.

4_The sliding louvred screens give the building facade an organic and lively feel similar to the fluctuating seasons in nature

Each building's façade and character is inspired by the varying patterns of London's weather, designed to modify with the seasons, as the louvered screens are movable. Each unit has the ability to adjust the position of their sliding louvered panels to provide sun and wind shading that is weather dependent. The sliding panels, combined with twisting-block design, create two visually exciting proposals.

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