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New forms on the London skyline

Over the last few months, two towers designed by the practice have begun to emerge on the London skyline: Two Fifty One and 100 Bishopsgate. Situated on opposite sides of the river, each responds to the unique conditions of its surroundings.

Located on Newington Causeway, just north of Elephant & Castle roundabout, Two Fifty One’s unique upper triangle came into shape last year when it topped it out. The 41-storey tower’s facades shift as one circles the building, from a rational grid of white reconstituted stone to full height glazing. Set within the Square Mile, the 40 storey 100 Bishopsgate topped out earlier this year. Its form changes gently shifts as it ascends up into the sky, twisting from a parallelogram at the base to a solid rectangle at top.

Both towers are also helping to resolve complex urban issues at ground level. At Two Fifty One, the building’s geometries help to frame a new public space and route as well as a mix of new uses. The tower itself is residential but there spaces for work and leisure. A triangular 7-storey neighbour will house contemporary, flexible office accommodation, and a retail unit and a cafe each will face out onto opposite sides of the street.

100 Bishopsgate will open up a new route between Bishopsgate and St Mary Axe; the project also involves the redevelopment of 15 St Helen’s Place with the retention of its Georgian facade and an enhanced streetscape. Completion is due in early 2018.