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Grounding of the primary structure creates pockets to each retail unit.
The building's end engages with the public realm along the canal basin.
Changing terracotta colours help define the residential character of the façade.
Retail units and double height residential entrances provide active frontage on all sides.
Geometry of the building enables one to four bedroom apartments of mixed use and tenure.
Concept sketch capturing the spirit of the building.
Curved east elevation frames the public realm and creates a setting for the tower.
Stepped planes address privacy issues whilst containing and focussing primary views.
South facing balconies cossetted by projecting privacy shield.
“A finely articulated residential building mediates between the public realm and wider context.”
A 14 storey residential building providing 118 apartments of different sizes and tenures above varied retail offers character and animates the wider public realm. The order of the elevations is informed by the configuration of spaces with high quality materials and attention to detail. Subtle modulation and rich layering of the terracotta façade provides visual interest and a human scale. Stepped planes help to address privacy issues between the residential accommodation and the adjacent office building. The sweeping eastern elevation creates a confident edge to the garden square and a balanced setting for the tower to the North. 6 Merchant Square is one of four buildings in the Merchant Square masterplan designed by RPP. It is visually interesting, engaging and confident.
Status Planning Consented
Area 20,110m² (216,480 ft²)
Client European Land and Property Ltd.
Project Team AHS, Arup, Davis Langdon LLP, Deba, DP9, EB7 Ltd, Focchi, Gingko, Hoare LEA, Interface, Kandor, King Sturge LLP, Mace, Miller Hare Ltd, Peter Stewart, Reef Associates, RWDI, Spectrum Acoustic Consultants Ltd, Studio Fractal, Townshend Landscape Architects, URS Corporation, WSP Group