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.
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.
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.