Heron Tower is a response to a clearly identified need for highly serviced modern office space for international companies at the heart of London. The site, at the junction of Bishopsgate, Houndsditch and Camomile Street, has been a significant gateway to the City of London since Roman times. Responding to the technical and social demands of the new workplace, the building is arranged around a series of three story atria or villages, which will serve as gathering spaces for thirteen different tenants in the building.
Two Kingdom Street is part of Paddington Central, a mixed use scheme developed on the site of the old goods yards to the northwest of Paddington Station. The building is set between the busy elevated Westway and, to the south, the quieter environment of Kingdom Street, the landscaped spine of the development.
Located north-east of Madrid’s city centre in the Campo de las Naciones commercial district, the Endesa headquarters in Madrid fuses innovative workplace design with a highly progressive environmental programme. Won in international competition, the project was seen by the client – the largest electricity provider in Spain – as an opportunity to mark its commitment to low-energy design and the development of a sustainable approach to building services.
The new precinct River City Prague, formerly a disused railway yard, links the Karlin district to the Vltava Riverbank. The new buildings frame a pedestrian zone and public park along a bio-corridor. Danube House, the first and flagship building anchoring the recently established district, forms a natural landmark, a gateway to River City when arriving from historic Prague.
The renovated World Trade Center project is a case study showing how a 1960s structure, anti-urban in its form, can be reconceived as a project which initiates the regeneration of a whole quarter of the city. The WTC Amsterdam is located in the most attractive area of South Amsterdam adjacent to WTC/Zuid, the main railway station. It forms the gateway to the city’s ambitious new masterplan devised by the city authorities to turn Zuidas into a dense business and residential quarter reinforced by new cultural, educational and recreational facilities. However, the existing buildings of the World Trade Centre – four 1960s office slabs connected by lower structures and open courtyards – were dark and unwelcoming.