Newfoundland Quay 'The Diamond Tower'
location: Canary Wharf
year: 2010 - current
client: Canary Wharf Group Plc
This 58-storey 218m high apartment building will be located close to the River Thames at the western end of Middle Dock, directly opposite the principal arrival point of West Plaza at Canary Wharf Underground Station.
With an area of 66,982sqm (720,988sqft) it will comprise 566 apartments (including 4 penthouses) and 7 guest rooms, gym and pool facilities at levels 23 and 24, residents’ amenity areas, restaurant, café and retail units at ground level and 124 car parking and 615 bicycle spaces over two basement levels.
The slim diamond shape of the tower is determined by the narrow footprint of the site and diagonal alignment of adjacent streets. This optimises pedestrian movement, maintains views and presents a clear and striking new landmark form for Canary Wharf.
The diamond pattern of the external structure has been carefully designed to provide an optimum architectural and engineering solution to withstand the wind forces on such an exposed high aspect ratio tower. This essential external structural expression also provides a high degree of privacy between apartments and balconies.
The warm 'champagne' colour of the aluminium cladding has been selected to emphasise the residential use of the building, in contrast to the stainless steel clad commercial buildings that characterise Canary Wharf.