Spire London Brings Luxury Living to New Heights as Europe’s Tallest Residential Building
The luxury Spire London tower, designed by HOK, is altering the perception of skyscraper living.
A landmark development on West India Quay in London’s Canary Wharf, the residential tower creates high-quality residential spaces and meets the city’s need for mixed-income housing, providing 861 private and affordable apartments.
“Extra-high is what the Chinese developer Greenland Group specializes in. Extra-high, extra-ambitious and extra-glam is what the firm is planning to bring to east London with Spire London, an £800m development that, at 771 feet 5 ½ inches, will be the tallest residential project not just in the capital, but in western Europe. Buy one of the three sky-high duplex penthouses and you could be sleeping 698 feet above ground level.
“Residents of the 861 flats will be able to paddle a few lengths in the infinity pool on the 35th floor, taking in the view of the City, or pound the treadmill and push weights in the air-conditioned gym. Or book a private movie night to watch King Kong in the darkness of London’s highest cinema, with velvet mohair walls. If that’s too much effort, you can simply order a cocktail at the sky bar.
The petal-shaped design, by architects HOK, is inspired by ‘the nautical history of the site and by the orchid, a flower cultivated in China for more than 3,000 years.’ It will soar above most of the neighboring skyscrapers in Canary Wharf, topping out neck and neck with the blinking white light at the summit of the One Canada Square tower.”
“Larry Malcic, the London design principal of HOK, is the man behind the ‘flower tower,’ as it has already been dubbed (expect more nicknames to come), which uses curved glass to ensure stunning and varied views from all angles. ‘We did not want a big rectangular box,’ he says. ‘We wanted to create a landmark silhouette.’
“His design incorporates pale bronze detailing to reflect the coppery-brown color of the surviving brick warehouses, winter gardens on several levels and an angled roof that allows for rare outside terraces in the penthouses.”
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