East London architectural practice MJP has submitted this 26-storey student tower on Stratford High Street for planning
The main tower, which is triangular in plan, will have 431 student rooms with artists’ studios on the first and second floors and a ‘bike’ café on the ground floor.
The architect’s view - Jeremy Estop:
‘The tower has a triangular plan. Externally, this gives it a slimmer profile than a tower with a rectilinear plan due to its acute angled corners and because it has similar proportions when viewed from any direction. A tower with a rectilinear plan looks more dumpy when viewed obliquely due to the hypotenuse being longer than the sides.
‘The triangular plan also reduces overlooking into hotel rooms on each side and over-shadowing.
‘Internally, the triangular plan works neatly to provide three cluster flats per floor, with kitchen/ living rooms on each corner
‘The tower has been orientated with one of its sides parallel to Stratford High Street to sit comfortably in the line of tall buildings. However, it has been drawn back and a tall loggia placed in front to hold the building line. This creates the entrance to the student accommodation and a more generous space for pedestrians. It provides a significant townscape event at the centre of this stretch of tall buildings and is similar in height to a three storey building which it faces on the opposite side of Stratford High Street.
‘The base of the tower expands to fill the site area on the other three sides, to provide more space for the complementary uses which bring wider community benefits - the café and artists’ studios - and to mediate between the tower and the lower buildings in the hinterland.
‘The loggia and the base of the tower protect against potential adverse effects of wind flow caused by the tower on the micro-climate, by creating an obstacle to ‘down-wash’; stopping wind which is deflected down the face of the tower before it hits the ground level pedestrian realm.
‘While the external form is triangular on plan, the internal planning of the rooms is orthogonal. This has been acknowledged externally by showing it to be an assembly of rectangular components in the way that the corners are formed. This avoids any architectural ambiguity which could be caused by setting up a false expectation of a triangular grid running throughout the building, like a Usonian house.’