Named after the architects - The GRID Building is a mixed-use 35 storey, Private Rental Sector building that sits within the rapidly developing masterplan of the new Wood Wharf quarter east of London’s Canary Wharf. The composition is dictated by the masterplan with retail at ground floor, residential amenity on the podium and repeat floors of residential above.
The apartment arrangements (confidential) are located round a central core with balconies to the east and west façades, expressed as a continuous ribbon providing an architectural motif to the sides of an otherwise simple block. The podium plan contains amenity uses like club rooms and a gym. The podium roof houses terraces looking south over the basin and the new waterside park. Above the podium are large family apartments allowing easy access to the park and terraces. The entrance foyer connects the street to the garden by a double height, linear route that contains access to all cores, basements and concierge facilities.
GRID developed the massing composition as an aluminium and glass tower sitting on a heavy stone plinth, similar to the composition of towers lining the northern boundary of the waterside park in the masterplan. The south and north façades share a simple fenestration pattern that maximises views to the south and daylight to the north. But within this fiercely efficient plan and form there is a stepping of the roof scape to express three shear walls of anodised aluminium and housing the roof top plant room. The construction principles have been thoroughly developed with engineers and contractors who specialise in high buildings throughout the world. Construction starts in 2015.