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Canary Wharf Crossrail
Country: United Kingdom
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Floor count: 4 floors
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Design and construction
Building Uses: Transport hub, Shopping mall, Cafe
Canary Wharf Crossrail by Foster + Partners
Canary Wharf Crossrail in London
shops, cafes and amenities sit above the underground station, the arcade making use of natural light to minimise energy consumption and welcome people into the building. When open at night, the park will be lit, illuminating the timber lattice from below and creating a welcoming glow through its ETFE outer skin.
Timber was first proposed as an appropriate material to enclose the park – it is organic in nature and appearance, strong, adaptable and can be sustainably sourced. It also clearly differentiates this building from others on Canary Wharf’s estate, which are predominantly stone, metal and glass. Timber has a great nautical and architectural history on the Wharf and this building is uniquely situated within the waters of West India Dock.
A key characteristic of the building is that the roof has varying levels of exposure – from fully exposed without any ETFE cladding on top to virtually full cover. There are also instances where the roof covers plant rooms.
We tendered for larch and spruce. Some of the tenderers raised issues with larch and the use of glued-in rods to make the connections to the nodes; one tenderer actually advised against it altogether. Lead times for larch were longer and the cost for larch was considerably more expensive. As a result, the Client confirmed that spruce was their preferred timber choice. We have varying grades of timber that control the surface quality depending on how visible the timber is. The timber comes with a temporary coating to protect it during installation.
Further Sustainability Information: In combining complex modelling with an iterative design process and taking advantage of computer aided manufacturing, the project demonstrates how timber can be used with a high degree of precision to deliver a technically advanced, sustainable public building. Timber is FSC certified. (via WoodAwards)
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