Details are continuing to emerge over what promises to be one of the most transformative projects that will go up in Southwark, Three Houses.
The scheme designed by famed architects Herzog and de Meuron, is for Sellar Properties and is set to have three towers, or "houses" as the scoping documents dub them, of 253.85 metres and 64 storeys not counting plant floors, 210.5 metres and 53 storeys excluding plant floors, and 106.5 metres with 30 storeys plus plant floors.
The majority of the accommodation within the development will consist of residential space with House 1 and 3 almost exclusively residential with 144 and 111 apartments in them although there will be ground floor retail too. House 2, the tallest of the trio will have ground floor retail, 115 flats and a 6,600 square metre luxury hotel for an as yet unnamed occupier.
The penthouse, which will be the highest living space in the UK, is being hyped at costing £100 million although in the current market environment there is unlikely to be that much reality attached to this figure.
Known within the design team as Project 310, the towers start from irregular shaped bases and taper as they rise with extremely small floors up the majority of them - the aim of this project is exclusivity, not cramming the maximum amount of space into each level by bulking out the building envelope.
So slim are they at certain points that even if one measures from the widest point of the base of the structures they height to width ratios are over 10 to 1 whilst the main body of the tallest tower has a stunning height to width ratio of 14 to 1 making it one of the most slender buildings ever conceived.
Previously and incorrectly dubbed as "tube shaped vertical sections with a clear demarcation between each", Three Houses promises to be clad in floor to ceiling glazing like slivers of glass, adding to the effect of the Shard and giving the skyline around London Bridge a definite crystalline look.
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