SOUTH BANK TOWER WINS GOLD IN THE LONDON DESIGN AWARDS
The duplex apartment designed by Goddard Littlefair, won gold at the London Design Awards.
Inspired by the spectacular views, in particular the sunset over London’s west end, the apartment features a colour palette of rusts, ochres, grey, oyster and soft blues, the main feature includes a breath-taking hanging sculpture and geometrical bronze fretwork panelling in the double height living space.
The London Design Awards is organised by design100 a global community of 75,000 design experts that celebrate creative courage, recognise design excellence and grow demand for design. In London a panel of some of the world’s leading design minds providing curatorial, judging and creative direction.
design100 run in awards throughout the world including San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney, and provide the design community links into global markets and an efficient method to gain recognition in export markets.
“We are extremely proud and excited about the success of our London awards,” said Mr Bergin.
“And we’re excited about its continuing growth and further involvement from leading design organisations, studios and brands as we work together to strengthen the design economy and increase awareness about the importance and unquestionable benefits of good design.”
SOUTH BANK TOWER OPENS DOORS WITH STAR-STUDDED PARTY IN THE SKY
Star Studded Party in the Sky
This October, South Bank Tower opened its doors with an exclusive launch event attended by London’s leading names across the worlds of fashion, design and entertainment, including Lily Cole, Erin O’Connor, Amber Le Bon, Donna Air and Paloma Faith.
The Brit Award-winner delivered the highlight of the evening with a private performance of her latest and best-loved songs, including Only Love Can Hurt Like This and the number one hit, Changing.
The one-off Party in the Sky was hosted in the landmark development’s most prestigious property: the duplex penthouse across the 39th and 40th floors, which has been transformed into a unique ‘Viewing Gallery’ with a world-first installation, titled Mercury, by Design Haus Liberty.
Guests enjoyed unrivalled panoramic views across the Capital as the sprawling London night skyline formed the backdrop for the evening.
The night also featured a bespoke menu by Giorgio Locatelli, including a special ‘ice cream station’ and risotto food station run by the Michelin star chef himself, alongside cocktails by Dandelyan Bar of Mondrian London, which created a special Southbank Royale for the night.
The event marked the first time South Bank Tower had opened its doors since construction on the 41-storey development started in 2013. The development has since welcomed its first residents and is due for completion early next year.
Vertical Shell by Tobias Putrih unveiled at South Bank Tower
Vertical Shell by Tobias Putrih unveiled
A unique site specific sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Tobias Putrih has been unveiled, forming the cultural centrepiece installation at South Bank Tower.
Curated by Futurecity and developed in collaboration with architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and interior architecture and design practice, Johnson Naylor, Vertical Shell is Tobias’ largest permanent installation to date.
Inspired by South Bank Tower’s extreme vertical space, Tobias was commissioned to create a structure that integrates with the contemporary architecture and utilises the sheer dimension of the new triple-height residents’ lobby.
Surrounded by the full glazing of the residents’ lobby, Vertical Shell has been crafted to belong as much to the community as to the building. Visible from the street as well as from the Mondrian Hotel and the Oxo Tower, the intention is to engage residents, locals and passers-by whilst supporting the building’s architectural ambition.
Inspirational Concepts: The concept for Vertical Shell originated from part of an oyster shell discovered on the banks of the River Thames. The body of the structure is built almost entirely from aluminium, with a deep purple exterior intended to emphasise the contrast between the organic work and the surrounding architecture. When observed from the street, Vertical Shell appears almost solid, but as the viewpoint changes so does the density of the piece, becoming translucent and fragile as the viewer moves to the entrance.
A cultural contribution: The South Bank has a long-standing reputation as a cultural hub, and this location has driven a series of innovative collaborations at South Bank Tower, conceived and curated by cultural consultancy Futurecity, including a specially commissioned photography exhibition with award-winning photographer, Steve McCurry. The collaboration with Tobias Putrih marks the area’s latest artistic offering for residents and the local community to enjoy.
Big Move for Little Waitrose
Big Move for Little Waitrose
British supermarket brand, Waitrose, is moving into the South Bank with its first store set for South Bank Central; the new commercial district being created as part of South Bank Tower.
Due to open next July (2016), the 3,000sqft little Waitrose branch will provide local residents, employees and visitors with a range of high quality groceries, amenities and fresh produce for the utmost convenience. Located in the heart of the renowned cultural hub, the store will be joined by a host of restaurants, cafes, retail outlets and amenities across the 36,000sqft of newly created commercial space, surrounding the iconic 41-storey South Bank Tower.
Waitrose director of development, Nigel Keen, said: “The much sought after South Bank Central provides yet another exciting platform in making the little Waitrose brand increasingly visible to the capital’s shoppers. South Bank is a fast emerging part of London that is becoming increasingly attractive to retail and office occupiers, which are drawn by the unique nature of the area and the already established residential population.”
This latest addition marks the ongoing commitment to bring the best services and facilities to the growing and rapidly evolving community of the South Bank, and establish a thriving and highly desirable destination for new and existing residents.
Southbank Tower Building Timelapse
The Lord Mayor's Fireworks from South Bank Tower
Finalist in this years Property Week Resi Awards - Development of the Year
South Bank Tower has been shortlisted for Development of the Year in the 2015 RESI Awards; the residential industry’s leading annual awards, run by Property Week. The category celebrates the industry’s most exceptional projects that have gone above and beyond, and demonstrate excellence in the field. It looks for a range of elements such as innovative and novel design features, sustainable benchmarks, strong environmental credentials, benefits to the local community as well as strong commercial success.
The project has beaten strong competition from across the UK and joins just four other candidates in the final select few. The winner will be announced at the RESI Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 13th May at Grosvenor House, Park Lane
Mondrian at Sea Containers
Mondrian London opens at Sea Containers House
Originally owned by CIT Group Partners LLP, Sea Containers House has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme to open as a luxury hotel, the original conception for this archetypal building. Designed by Design Research Studio under the creative direction of visionary Tom Dixon, the iconic Sea Containers building boasts 359 guestrooms and suites, stunning riverside views, two exciting new bars, an expansive restaurant with private dining rooms, a maritime inspired 56-seat cinema and an exciting new spa concept.
Embracing the building’s heritage and unique location, Morgans Hotel Group’s first Mondrian branded hotel outside the United States showcases a number of nautical features including a dramatic, handcrafted copper hull sweeping from the entrance through the lobby into the heart of Mondrian London. Mondrian London also provides welcome additions to the eclectic South Bank scene, with the launch of an exclusive rooftop bar offering stunning views across London, and Dandelyan; a seasonal cocktail bar overseen by Ryan Chetiyawardana, A.K.A Mr Lyan.
For more information on Mondrian London at Sea Containers or to book an upcoming stay at the hotel, please visit: www.mondrianlondon.com
The Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Sir Edward Lister, personally oversaw the “topping out” of South Bank Tower, the latest addition to the Central London skyline which at 42 storeys; offers panoramic views of London’s famous landmarks. Now at its full structural height of 155m, the CIT team has been working with contractor, Mace and architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to deliver the scheme, which is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Sir Edward Lister, Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, commented: “The topping out marks South Bank Tower as an iconic addition to the capital’s Thames side skyline. The tower has created local jobs and is leading the regeneration of Southwark into a thriving location for residents to live and work.”
People & Places
People & Places Exhibition
Southbank Tower launches the work of internationally acclaimed photographer Steve McCurry, commissioned for People & Places in partnership with Magnum Photos. Steve McCurry; recently awarded the Centenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement at the 2014 Royal Photographic Society Awards, widely renowned for his portrait ‘Afghan Girl’, is one of the country’s most celebrated and iconic photographers. His portfolio spans conflicts, vanishing cultures and ancient traditions and therefore he was the perfect choice for unearthing and revealing the true characters that make the Southbank such an exceptional place.
Opening night played host to over 300 people including many of the local artisans who featured in the exhibition, residents, industry figures and business leaders alike.