NEO Bankside

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London, 2013

 

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Four residential towers from 12 to 24 storeys containing 217 individual apartments, surrounded by a central public garden

NEO Bankside lies in the heart of Southwark, occupying a complex, irregular site.

The project aims to unify and repair the relatively incoherent and fractured grain of the surrounding areas and to provide a transition in scale from the large volumes of the adjacent Tate Modern and Blue Fin Building to the two-storey almshouses that lie within a conservation area immediately to the west.

The establishment of a diagrid across the site reinforces the geometry and edges of Sumner and Holland Streets, which historically formed part of the north-south grain of the area that led to the river. The street edge is defined by the scheme yet is not continuous. The diverse nature of the spaces between the buildings creates unexpected visual dynamism.

The accommodation is separated across five buildings in order to maximise visual and pedestrian permeability. This has also allowed great variations of height between individual buildings to disrupt the overall impact and scale of the development and relate more directly to its neighbours.

Data

  • Begun: Jan 2009
  • Completed: Jun 2013
  • Floor area: 42,000m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £132M
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • CO2 Emissions: 33.32kg/m2/year
  • Address: 70 Holland Street, London, SE1 9NX, United Kingdom

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