Manilla Street, E14
Offering serviced apartments and a hotel, this scheme, sited along Marsh Wall, marks a dramatic transition in scale between the high-rise towers of Canary Wharf to the north and the residential streets to the south. With a proposed height ranging from 30 down to eight storeys, the design seeks to mediate its surroundings and provide transitional relief for the skyline. To the north of the site the building dramatically steps up in height to emulate the high-reaching, slender proportions of surrounding tall buildings, whilst at the south, the form steps down to street level. The building is further linked to its residential surrounds with stonework sympathetic to the existing fabric.