ArchDaily's Eric Oh shares details of U.S.-based HOK's Hertsmere House project, which is slated to stand as Western Europe's tallest residential tower upon completion. Located on West India Quay in London's Canary Wharf, the tower's plans have just been approved for development by members of Tower Hamlets' Strategic Development Committee.
Inspired by flower petals, the design of the 789-foot-tall (67-story) tower offers 861 private and affordable homes within the development, as wells as 60 additional affordable homes in a linked development in Limehouse. Hertsmere House's community amenities include glass winter gardens, landscaped roof terraces, and rooms for music and games.
“We are delighted that Tower Hamlets have decided to share our ambition to deliver a landmark residential building at West India Quay,” said Setareh Neshati, senior planning manager for Greenland Group, which has built three of the world’s 10 tallest buildings since 2005. “This is Greenland Group’s most important project in Europe. As well as delivering 921 new homes for Londoners, including 156 affordable homes, our scheme will revitalize this part of Canary Wharf and create a new prosperous environment that the whole community can enjoy. The carefully designed public realm will provide the most appropriate and balanced setting for the proposed residential building.”