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Revealed: 3DReid's Cuba Street skyscrapers

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3DReid and Gültekin Architecture have submitted plans for their Cuba Street residential scheme in Canary Wharf for Turkish developer, the Ağaoğlu Group.

The practice has been working on the scheme, which features a 51-storey skyscraper housing 356 flats and a 39-storey, mixed-use affordable homes and hotel tower, for three years.

Earlier this month the project received a mixed response from the Design Council CABE’s design review panel.

Although the reviewers praised the ‘elegant forms and massing of the two towers’, the design watchdog called for further articulation of the ‘fully glazed elevations [to]lessen the relentless nature of the glazing and create a sense of openness’.

The panel also questioned whether the proposed balconies would be ‘large enough to be usable’ and raised concerns about the public realm which the reviewers feared did not ‘work as a coherent whole’ and did not appear to be based upon an analysis of how people would want to use this space (read the full design review comments here).

The proposals are due to go to committee in December.

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  • A very welcome addition to the Canary Wharf skyline- monolithic monsters seem to be the rage in the area (Riverside South, Heron Quays, Wood Wharf). A pair of curved towers sit nicely against the backdrop.
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