Mariner's Quarter

A façade that changes with the seasons

Mariner’s Quarter comprises the Marco Polo and James Cook apartment towers within the Royal Wharf master plan in London. The Marco Polo building, at 58.25 metres, is the tallest waterfront building anchoring the entire development’s corner. To maintain a dialogue between the two buildings, the James Cook building, at 40.25 metres tall, shares a similar façade treatment while reversing its colour palette for subtle differentiation.

UK & Europe
80 Kelson House, E16 2RN, 10 Schooner Cl, London E14 3GG, United Kingdom
Category Residential
Year 2020
Size 8,500sqm (Plot 17 – The James Cook Building), 12,500sqm (Plot 18 – The Marco Polo Building)
The Marco Polo tower’s striking silhouette along the Thames waterfront is created by the subtle tectonic shift of three vertically stacked building boxes, unifying the housing block into a single twisting urban entity. The design pays close attention to the Royal Wharf’s family of rectilinear forms, while making a visually stunning design statement along the river.
The patterns of the façade was a sensitive response to London's weather.
The louvred screens were designed to cater to the four seasons.

The three separate volumes, each corresponding to the three different categories of building heights of the skyline, as viewed from the Thames. Each of the blocks is gently rotated on a central axis either towards the views of Canary Wharf or the pier.

Inspired by the varying patterns of London’s weather, the façade and character of the building is designed to modify with the seasons. Each unit has the ability to adjust the position of their sliding louvred panels to provide sun and wind protection depending on the weather or season. These sliding panels work together with the dynamic twist of the blocks to create a striking design that pays homage to the transient seasons in its façade.

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