The Tower at GWQ, Clayponds Lane

This 27-storey tower, with residential and hotel units, stands along the Golden Mile in Brentford and provides a public viewing gallery at the top. The complex design was wholly determined through extensive research into surrounding environmental factors, including the noise of the adjacent M4 motorway. The shape and orientation of the building minimises the impact of wind to the public piazza. The twin-skinned cladding protects the residents from prevailing winds – the outer skin creates an enclosure against noise, wind and rain, whilst the inner skin acts as a thermal barrier. Artistic light strategies are incorporated to create an active facade and illuminate the sky at night.