One Park Drive – Showcasing Canary Wharf’s New Estate

Ricardo Baptista
Design Director
AKTII, London

One Park Drive will be the centrepiece of Wood Wharf, an 80ha urban mixed-use regeneration scheme reshaping London’s world famous business district, Canary Wharf. Taking advantage of its unique location on London’s docklands, the 210m-tall tower will be an exciting new addition to Canary Wharf’s skyline, further enhancing the polycentric character of London, as well as its status as a global city.
This presentation discusses the design approach adopted on this 57-storey residential tower, including its evolution from Wood Wharf’s masterplan to the original concept, and to its construction now on site: ranging from the merits of real-time parametric models, intertwining the tower’s distinctive envelope and the layout efficiency of each of the 468 apartments with the structural performance of the different stability systems assessed; to understanding the impact of a new tall building in the micro-climate of the adjacent area, most of it yet to be created, through the use of computational dynamic fluid analysis; to the establishment of new undeveloped land, so scarcely available in a global city like London. It proposes a set of answers to the question of how to create more habitable space in ever-decreasing site footprints.
One Park Drive is a tall building designed to identify and represent the ambitions of a new neighbourhood in London, contributing to making a ‘new place’ that balances aesthetics, environmental, social and economical aspects.