With its dramatic cylindrical construction, Herzog & de Meuron’s One Park Drive residential tower in London’s Canary Wharf is a usually monumental landmark from the structure studio that additionally designed the jagged higher façade of the AstraZeneca Discovery Centre in Cambridge and the angled type of the Royal Faculty of Artwork’s Battersea campus. Inside, the brand new One Park Drive penthouses with interiors by Tom Dixon’s Design Analysis Studio sit in calm distinction to the busy, alternating lattices and horizontal platforms of the constructing’s exterior, whereas the inside courtyard’s natural tones contribute to a quiet oasis within the bustling hub of London places of work.
In curating the houses, the group at Design Analysis Studio ‘determined to think about the areas by way of the persona of a world collector’, remarks Tom Dixon. The rooms have been personalised with bespoke items by the model, which he has shaped from scrap metals, wooden and ceramics to create sculptural artworks.
Tranquil textures seem all through, with a largely concrete and picket make-up, whereas timber-framed, floor-to-ceiling home windows open up the 56th-floor house. Gentle-edged structural pillars and a gracefully curving staircase – a central function of the residences – are echoed in mild fittings by Alvar Aalto and Ingo Maurer, and rounded rest room and kitchen fittings in white stone.
Design Analysis Studio has ensured easy varieties stay on the fore of the One Park Drive penthouse areas with the inclusion of Afra and Tobia Scarpa’s ‘Soriana’ armchair and ottoman for Cassina, and chairs by Verner Panton. Bespoke additions proceed to punctuate the rooms with a one-of-a-kind desk designed by Belgian architect Frans Vossen and custom-made furnishings from Tom Dixon all through.