|Size||8,500sqm (Plot 17 – The James Cook Building), 12,500sqm (Plot 18 – The Marco Polo Building)|
A facade 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.
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.
Integrated services provided for this project.