A £1bn building topped with a crown-shaped cluster of glass towers, inspired by the 19th-century designs of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is planned as part of a major redevelopment of the area around London’s O2 Arena. Called – Peninsula Place, the development will sit on top of North Greenwich underground station beside the O2, covering 1.4m sq ft and featuring 800 apartments including 200 “affordable” homes, as well as offices, shops, restaurants, a cinema, a performance venue and hotel.
Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava has designed a 24 metre-high (79ft) glass arcade with “winter garden” atrium for the complex, which will be topped by three towers, each rising more than 30 storeys above North Greenwich station, which is to be renamed Greenwich Peninsula.
A new tubular bridge featuring latticed sides will connect the development with the waterfront. Cables will anchor the bridge to a tall spike, reminiscent of that found on the architect’s Chord Bridge in Jerusalem.
Mr Calatrava said: “It is an honour to be designing such a piece of the fabric of London, a city I love. In designing this scheme, I have been inspired by London’s rich architectural heritage and the very special geography of the Peninsula.
Calatrava’s Peninsula Place forms part of £8.4-billion regeneration works on the river-side site, which is to include 15,720 homes, a film studio, as well as a new design district, schools, offices and healthcare services.
Please watch below the video showing Calatrava’s development for Greenwich in East London:
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