Manhattan Loft Gardens is a new model of chic, sociable high-rise living to spur the continued transformation of one of London’s most exciting new neighborhoods. The building is a powerful symbol of the area’s growing importance, and a new focus for its social life. The 42-storey tower combines apartments, a luxury hotel, sky gardens, two ‘destination’ restaurants, a spa and an event studios, to create a new model for urban living, which is sociable, flexible and elegant.
The residences are a combination of spacious loft-style apartments and boutique single-story homes, topped by a dramatic three-bedroom penthouse. They pioneer a new rental model in the city, akin to hotel living, complete with concierge service, members’ club and a varied in-house program of cultural events. As designers, the challenge was to design a vertical community that would work as a modern neighborhood – that would reflect the area’s diversity and, supporting this vital social dimension, would encourage easy conversation and new connections. Working as an integrated team of architects and engineers, we shaped the tower’s innovative steel and concrete form to create impressive communal spaces that would provide a natural platform for interaction, while working from the inside-out to maximize views and natural light.
A uniquely engineered concrete and steel frame and double-cantilevered design allows the incorporation of the sky gardens. These shared open spaces create opportunities for residents to meet and interact, with spectacular views of the London skyline. Each garden has a unique character, from quiet pathways through wild flowers to a party area, with space for barbecues and a bar. The tower’s strong social dimension is established from the moment visitors set foot inside the building, with a triple-height entrance lobby that is shared by both hotel guests and apartment residents.