Tower Bridge House
Occupying a prominent site adjacent to the Tower of London, the new building is an important marker at the junction of East Smithfield and Tower Bridge Approach. The building sits on the edge of the dock wall and forms part of the enclosure of the dock basin, in the same position as the Old Telford warehouses which once occupied the site.
The site organisation reinforces the lower level public realm. A recessed colonnade encourages public movement into the dockside area, while a public piazza provides shops and restaurants which enliven the public space along the waterfront.
The building is eight storeys high and is arranged around the central atrium, a dynamic, full-height space clearly visible from outside the building. It allows daylight to enter deep into the floorplate and provides dramatic views of the Tower and City of London beyond. The scheme offers a highly efficient and flexible plan allowing for single and multiple tenancies.
Tower Bridge House provides a visual link between the historic dock areas and the City of London. The modern all glass façade is built to the same proportions as the warehouse buildings. Its entrance façade is angled to face the Tower of London.
A small piazza was created between the building and the dock, to add to the pedestrianised space. Retail accommodation draws people into the lively dock area.
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