Monthly Archives: January 2013

Relocating the site

Over the past few days it has become evident that the site first selected isn’t suited to the nature of the building and its relationship with water. Locating the site just east of canary wharf still provides the relationship with both poplar and canary wharf whilst being situated much closer to the thames river which i intend to utilise a lot within the project.

The site is currently in master planning stage for a new mixed use development of wood wharf, displaying its current redundancy and prime opportunity for development. More info here.

Ideally this would have been decided earlier, and so a little back tracking is needed, better late than never…

site sketch


Thames Platform- tidal reaction

This installation extends London onto the Thames, a tidal river that rises and falls eight metres between high and low tides.  The transformation of kinetic structures is investigated to create a system that can slowly unfold throughout the day, creating a set of dynamic public spaces and enclosures. More info here.

Trading times at the London Metal Exchange are set at 11.40-13.10 and 14.55-16.15 utilising the open out-cry ring trading. These trading ‘blocks’ are a strict rule within the LME, and this time based trade could be integrated with the tidal patterns of the thames. The dynamic use of the thames tide could be utilised as a catalyst for trading to occur with the water commodity market i.e. at certain tidal levels trading could occurs, potentially the tide making it a physical impossibility to trade- flooding the chamber; a respect to the commodity itself.

second site visit



With the site finally selected as the intermediate point between canary wharf and poplar, with the aim to engage both areas, another visit was undertaken to review the site. Currently the site is being developed and landscaped to accomodate the cross rail station.




Exploring the qualities of steam displayed how light travels through which created interesting visuals.


Wind analysis

wind analysis


Using Ecotect and Vasari, wind analysis could be taken from the 3D model created.  Utilising the river and the immediate water around the site can be used for naturally cooling the building etc. The following can be explored with the proposed massing:


  • How to mass and orient the building to minimize unwanted “canyoning” effects where wind is accelerated by being channeled between buildings, often along pedestrian walkways?
  • How to design courtyards so people can enjoy appropriately sheltered outdoor spaces?
  • What site elements like walls, trees, and landscaping can help improve the wind flow patterns of the site?
  • A basic understanding of where to place openings to get the most out of cross ventilation.
  • Roughly estimate the impact of wind on pedestrian comfort and pressure distribution on structures

Sunlight analysis



Due to the high density and height of the buildings in canary wharf, shading becomes an issue when building within. The analysis suggests it would be more beneficial building around the periphery of canary wharf.


Form finding plan

form finding plan

form finding 2

The fractal form was explored in-situ, along with the existing axis of the site to help direct design. The fractal form was then rationalised to accomodate the water market- virtual and physical and water processing plant.