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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Angel House, London, United Kingdom

The mosaic cantilevered ‘head’ building is awaiting planning permission

Making an attempt at distinction in London's Isle of Dogs, Angel House is awaiting the go-ahead to be built at the junction of Marsh Wall and Limeharbour. Designed by architect Jacobs Webber for Angel House Developments Ltd, the tower has been dubbed 'Number 1' due to it's form created by the cantilevered head. The scheme's location could swing permission in its favour as it aims to respond to an area of tall buildings such as Canary Wharf, whilst providing aesthetic distinction. The tower, however, would be the first skyscraper to branch off to the east of the Isle of Dogs.

The mixed use tower is designed to comprise roughly of 280 luxury and affordable flats; a residents-only roof top swimming pool, fitness centre and garden; ground floor restaurants with retail facilities and a pocket square for public access.

The proposed height is 42 storey plus ground with an 11 storey podium section that will contain 10 levels of affordable apartments, with all the family units being double aspect and nearly all benefiting from lounge areas with a south view. A characteristic art glass mosaic on the north and south facades added as further differentiation from nearby office buildings.

The development is relying heavily on its compliance with the Mayors Energy Hierarchy to ‘be lean’, ‘be green’ and to ‘be clean’. The design features a large landscaped garden and children’s play area surrounded by 3m high wall of safety glass with lawns, trees and a vegetable garden on the roof of the podium. Additionally all apartments will have balconies or winter gardens and will have the possibility to be naturally ventilated.

It is claimed that carbon emissions will be cut by approximately 11%, whilst a Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) will further decrease it by 12%. Furthermore, Biomass Boilers will provide a further 14% reduction in CO2 levels and will provide a significant proportion of the total heat and hot water needs of the building.

Tower Hamlets Council will decide the fate of the development with a planning committee meeting taking place in the near future. No objections have yet been submitted for the development.

Laura Salmi
architecture NOW

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