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Old August 21st, 2006, 02:26 PM   #1
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33-35 Commercial Road | Tower Hamlets | 95m | 36 fl

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A new tower, only a smidgeon under 100 metres tall has been designed by Burland TM Architects for a fringe site just to the east of the City of London off at 33-35 Commercial Road.



The circular residential tower has been designed to provide accommodation for 750 students in a smoothly tapering block to take advantage of the closeness of London Metropolitan University and a massive shortage of suitable student living space, as well as exploiting the position it has on Alie Street as a desirable location for commercial properties.

Attached to the tower will be the renovation of a nearby grade 2 listed building providing a mixture of commercial floor-space and an attached ten floor podium building that will have a continuation of the commercial uses over the lower five floors and have student space on the top five levels. Both of these will front on to a small new public space.

With uniformly placed winter gardens running up the sides of the tower, one of the unique design features the tower has is a glowing top dubbed a "skyline signal" by the architect. The abridged conical tower shows an attention to detail rarely seen in a development for students that are normally cheap and cheerful at best.

The building will be clad largely with cast masonry horizontal bands and indented windows apart from the top floors which will have diagonal glazing. The combination of the solid tapering shape and light glass in day, illuminated at night, betray more than a hint of a lighthouse.

The floors of the tower are split up into the typical clusters of student bedrooms arranged around common areas that will sit in the centre of the scheme and the bedrooms line the outside.

Whether the developer can actually get away with effectively building a cross between an urban lighthouse and student digs on the eastern fringe of London remains to be seen - no one has really attempted to build a tower in London before with such a dominant light feature - but it certainly makes a nice change from the usual uninspired student developments.

The height is unlikely to trouble the planning authorities as this whole area, from Alie Street to Comercial Street, becomes a hotspot for a mixture of residential and office developments up to about 110 meters in height but the top and bottom of the scheme may provide a few hitches that will require revision.

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Very interesting. The cladding looks bit dodgy but the light feature on the top is a fantastic idea, and I like the incorporation of the grade II building at the bottom.

With the height posing no problems by the sounds of it, are there any other things that will stop this going up?
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Old August 21st, 2006, 02:39 PM   #3
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Not really. I'm trying to work out exactly where this tower goes, as on the rendering at night it looks like it's behind the Metropolitan Uni building on Commercial Road. I'll have to go and have a hunt for the current warehouse on the site.
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I think its a good looking, nice idea. The first render is superb!
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Old August 21st, 2006, 02:46 PM   #5
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This sounds good and I like the shape - it will be an interesting silhouette on the skyline. Lighting scheme sounds great too.

Bit far from the main cluster though.

Those students will have amazing views from the upper floors!
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Old August 21st, 2006, 03:17 PM   #6
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Looks alright, but wont pissed up students be setting off the fire alarm every night?
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Old August 21st, 2006, 03:17 PM   #7
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Fantastic idea - a skyscraper raising from a historical podium. I also love the design of the skyscraper.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 03:31 PM   #8
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Alie St- Isn't it the same street that 24 storey has gone in for planning??

I like this- The lighting scheme looks good & the cylindrical tower makes a change/

I see no reason to not give this planning as thers a few 100m buildings in planning in this area.
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bigger pano here

http://www.burlandtm.com/_sgt/m4m1_1.htm
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Nice. When you throw in Broadgate/Norton Folgate, etc. then the cluster is going to look really wide.
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Needs some full length glazing though, I hate this trend of prison look for student & affordable housing!
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Old August 21st, 2006, 05:04 PM   #13
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I like it, we need more round towers methinks
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Old August 21st, 2006, 05:08 PM   #14
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Very nice.Tower looks great.That place really needs something new and nice.
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its been eating all the pies with bishopsgate tower
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What? How is this a fat tower?





Look at the thing behind it. Much fatter.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 06:14 PM   #17
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Looks alright, but wont pissed up students be setting off the fire alarm every night?

..more likey every student setting off piss over the fire alarms nightly!

On first sights I like this...I have an affinity for circular buildings (Capitol Records, Hollywood, especially) although it is described as an elipse in the staement.

Isn t it amazing what can be acheived with a bit of experimental lighting
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Nice, has a look of The Rotunda
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How much does it cost to do a Mickey Mouse degree at LMU? Could it be cheaper to enrol than pay the usual extortionate rent for accommodation within walking distance of the city? They have a lot of mature students, don't they?
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Old August 21st, 2006, 09:28 PM   #20
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Dont you see ? Its the return of the Industrial chimney in London...at least its silloheutte.

Brilliant.
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