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A private and public build

  • A new residential tower on the Isle of Dogs
  • Maximised public realm
  • Striking slender design

We’re excited to be working on a scheme we hope will bring new life to this up-and-coming area. We’ve worked hard to maximise the open space to benefit both the existing community and the new residents of this highly sustainable tower.

Frank Filskow
Partner and lead project architect, Make

Project Details

Location London, UK
Status On site
Sectors Mixed use, Residential, Tall buildings, Interiors
Area 44,500m²/479,000ft²
Height 183m (53 storeys)
Client LBS Properties

Our driving aim for The Madison, located on the Isle of Dogs, was to provide incoming and existing residents better access to open space in this rapidly developing part of London.

Our design is inspired by the fluidity of the surrounding docklands. The 53 storeys of elegant residential accommodation are animated by a fin-clad facade that creates a moiré rippling effect, and anchored with an angled peak and slender silhouette.

A dramatic cut through the building creates an amenities floor as well as a contextual divide. The taller upper section references the towers of neighbouring Canary Wharf; the lower section, the low-rise docklands. By making the tower as slender as possible, we were able to give 70 percent of the site back to the public, filling it with large gardens and a children’s play area.

So this site won’t just be a home for hundreds of Londoners; it will be a space for everyone. And it will dramatically improve access to the waterside and Canary Wharf beyond.

Credits: Image 1 - AVRLondon, Images 2-7 - V1