In mid-2014 Kennedy Nolan was invited to prepare a design concept presentation for an 18-storey mixed-use tower in the Docklands. Combining retail, office space & residential accommodation, the proposal responded to the challenging site conditions as well as the more intangible characteristics of very new urban environments which lack history, fine grain and the comforting patinas of use.
A key concept was to form a link to the history of the site as a working water-front. In order to do this we proposed a large scale brick loggia which also provides refuge through a deeply permeable edge to the building - giving the ability to escape the prevailing winds or rain on the edge of the building. On windy but sunny days, there is the possibility of moving through to the central piazza space. In creating views and pedestrian connections across the site, the proposed design engages with a broad range of user and actively participates in the Docklands context.
The design approach is an urban one, based on the principle that a scale at street level is most successful when it is small enough to make detail visible but also importantly, large enough to give a sense of being in a city.