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London’s Tallest Residential Tower Reenlivens a Former Brownfield
The presence of One St George Wharf has awakened the area surrounding it, encouraging other developers to invest in improving local transportation, education and healthcare programs. The project rehabilitates a former a brownfield that was once contaminated by industrial waste.
The tower houses 213 units and it’s based on the concept of a Catherine wheel, with each floor comprised of five pie-shaped apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows that drench each unit with sunlight. The building is topped with a 32-foot wind turbine that generates clean energy for the lighting in all of the common areas of the building. Residents can also enjoy a swimming pool, a gym, a spa and a restaurant, as well as beautiful river views.
The entire building was designed to be as energy efficient as possible. A skin of coated glass blocks solar gain, while windows fitted with motorized interstitial blinds open and close automatically to keep temperatures comfortable inside. A green roof garden soaks up rain runoff while insulating the interior spaces.
The green tower has helped to regenerate the area south of the Thames while providing London’s skyline with a new landmark.
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