SOUTHBANK TOWER LOBBY
Abraxas Lifestyle|January - February 2020
Zaha Hadid Architects
Project File

Project : Southbank Tower Lobby

Location : London, UK

Date : 2020 / TBC

Client : Southbank Tower

Architect : Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Design : Patrik Schumacher

ZHA Project Director : Helmut Kinzler

ZHA Project Associate : Zetta Kotsioni

ZHA Project team : Amittai Antoine, Torsten Broeder, Iliana Capsali, Aleksandra Mnich-Spraiter, Regina Ng, Marco Pavoni, Hendrik Rupp, Risa Tadauchi

Consultants :

Project Management : NASH Worldwide Ltd

Planning consultant : Montague Evans LLP

Quantity Surveyor : MEA

Structural engineer : AKT II Ltd

MeP engineer/Fire Safety consultants : SWECO UK Ltd

Light consultant : Inverse Lighting Design Ltd

Marketing Pr : Jackyl UK Investment Ltd

Rendering : Arch018 srl

Others : Moritz Haeker

ZHA’s first refurbishment of an apartment building interior introduces a new mezzanine and lift, concierge desk and lighting scheme for the lobby of the repurposed Southbank Tower. One of the UK’s most ambitious renovation projects, the 30-storey office building completed by Richard Seifert in 1972 was converted by KPF in 2015 into a 41-storey mixeduse tower that incorporates two and three bedroom apartments.

The lobby’s design by ZHA draws inspiration from the organic forms of flower petals that overlap to onceal the lobby’s lighting scheme. The fluid curves of the structure house the tower’s concierge on the ground floor, before peeling back at the top to reveal a new mezzanine level which serves as an additional lounge for residents and guests.

The sculptural petals in glass fibre reinforced gypsum and marble furniture pieces within the lobby are formed to precision in an offsite studio using 3D digital fabrication. This process minimises the duration of works in the lobby and disturbance to residents, while also creating original pieces at an architectural scale to a level of detail otherwise associated with intricate, hand-crafted design works.

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