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Exclusive images from Europe's tallest residential tower

These are the first images from the top of Broadway Malyan’s under-construction One St George Wharf tower, in Vauxhall, London

Sat south of the Thames next to the much-maligned St George Wharf housing project, which was also completed by the practice for developer St George, the 180m-tall skyscraper is set to become London’s tallest residential-only building.

Each typical floor of the 50-storey building will be divided into five apartments with separating walls radiating out from the central core so that every flat has views across the capital.

Dubbed ‘the battery’, the cylindrical tower started on site in March 2010 and is scheduled for completion in June 2013.

The architect’s view

Peter Crossley, Director at global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, said: ‘The Tower is an elegant and timelessly classic piece of design. It is exceptionally sustainable and will act as a catalyst to regeneration in the surrounding neighbourhood.

We expect that it will quickly become a familiar and friendly landmark to Londoners and visitors alike, following in the footsteps of other buildings of similar scale and mass.

Our detailed studies have shown that this is the right building for this location and, due to its small footprint and visually subtle circular plan form, The Tower will have exceptionally slender pencil-like proportions when viewed from any direction.’

Readers' comments (5)

  • It is not elegant. It is not friendly. It has no sublety. Wherever you are over a wide area it grimaces at you over the roof tops or in between buildings at street level. It is over assertive. Has no relation to its surroundings. The regeneration of this area was already under way without this very unfortunate addition to the Thames riverscape and London's skyline. Thjis practice has done and can do far better than this.
    Owen Luder .

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  • the fact this project is meant to in some ways compete with one hyde park is laughable, thank god the view is good to keep your attention away from the bland interior and sub standard finishes.
    sorry apart from the new covent garden view which is circa eastern block rustic

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  • How disappointing. Oh what could have been, the context, height, visibility – a landmark, a vision of the future… the possibilities. Instead a snapshot of an American past bookending what looks like a Kuala Lumpur Hospital. It is clear that size isn’t everything.

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  • Owen is our leader.

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  • If nothing else, it distracts the eye from the embarrassing architecture of the adjacent 'Emerald City'.

    Less favourably, it also detracts from almost every meaningful view in Westminster: crassly backstaging UNESCO world heritage sites; ominously looming at the end of every major axis in Pimlico; and dwarfing the accumulator tower at Churchill Gardens, which so far as I can tell, is its only architectural point of reference locally.

    By the time the rest of Vauxhall and Nine Elms is built out, planners will be turning their attention to dealing with the blight of St George Wharf. The term 'regeneration', when applied to this affair, is little more than a sad irony.

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