architecture on site

London - Canary WharfLondon - Canary Wharf, O2 ArenaLondon - Millennium Dome, Richard RogersLondon - Thames Barrier Park

Ruhr Area

Ypenburg (VINEX)

Copenhagen/ Malmö
> City of London
> Thames river
> Docklands + Greenwich
> Hoxton + Shoreditch

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guided tours
study trips


A brief river cruise eastwards from the City of London leads to the former Docklands, where new residential neighbourhoods and the office district of Canary Wharf have emerged. The highly accessible location between the City and London City Airport is especially attractive for businesses and residents here. The first office high-rises at Canary Wharf were designed in the 1980’s, mainly by renowned American architects - a fact that is clearly reflected in the architecture. In contrast, some of the new residential buildings on the river frontage search for architectural analogies in the old docks’ typologies. Recent proposals, such as Richard Rogers’ design for Riverside South, will add another architecture layer and lead to further densification.

The multi-purpose venue, the Millennium Dome (now called the O2), on the south side of the river was also designed by Richard Rogers. The huge, tent-like dome provides space for major concerts and events, and will be a venue for the Olympic Games in 2012. At the same time, it has been a catalyst and driver for the regeneration and ongoing development of the Greenwich Peninsula, alongside new transport infrastructure which includes the new tube stations connecting Canary Wharf and Greenwich across the River Thames.

Further east, close to Victoria Docks and City Airport, the huge submerged gates of the Thames Barrier can be raised in case of high tides threatening the City of London. Beside the Barrier, a stylised modern park provides quiet green space for the surrounding new apartment blocks.

We organise architecture guided tours in London, up to custom made architecture excursions for several days. Please contact us for more detailed information.

Architecture designed by William Alsop, CZWG, Ralph Erskine, Norman Foster, Future Systems, Group Signes, HOK, SOM, Kohn Pedderson Fox, Caesar Pelli, Richard Rogers a.o.

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