Indescon Court 2
Indescon Court 2 is located in the heart of the Isle of Dogs. It embodies a vision of modern, urban living. There are 576 flats, a hotel and a leisure centre on 31 floors.
Lincoln Plaza consists of two main flat towers - Franklin and Greenwich - and a 12-storey, 100-suite international brand hotel integrated into the two towers, giving residents access to a variety of lifestyle amenities. Adjacent is a 10-storey circular apartment building that complements this striking new landmark against the backdrop of Canary Wharf's dazzling architecture. Each flat has been carefully designed to create the perfect balance of luxury, quality and style. Lincoln Plaza will also feature a comprehensive health club with spa, pool and fully equipped gym, an opulent entrance foyer with 24-hour concierge, a business lounge, private cinema and a four-storey sky lounge with conservatory.
The task was to create a truly mixed-use building that was larger than envisaged in the master plan. To achieve this, the public space had to be further enlarged and a typology had to be found that could meet all the requirements within the footprint: Hotel, retail, leisure facilities, three types of housing and a new public piazza.
The design process included an analysis of the local townscape and an impact assessment, as well as a very technical solution for sunlight and daylight penetration, wind movement and a spatial solution for all accommodation. The office's preferred S-plan form was found to be the answer to all challenges.
The architecture was a simple, non-directional cladding system that would incorporate all window and balcony types for all accommodation units. The only variation to this language is the communal spaces and conservatories that run throughout the massing.
Special features of the façade
The design idea was to achieve an irregular façade grid that did not have the typical continuous vertical and horizontal lines usually associated with an element façade. This was achieved by using different element sizes and configurations to ultimately create an asymmetrical façade division. This in turn presented the on-site installation teams with numerous logistical challenges, where attention to the delivery and installation sequence was crucial.
The unconventional architecture (façade design) was criticised on several occasions. The developer Galliard Homes writes: "The London Borough of Tower Hamlets commissioned a planning committee to consider the architectural plans for this site and the planning committee were enthusiastic about the project and its design. Lincoln Plaza was designed to complement the existing architecture of London Docklands, and the eye-catching mosaic design was created to provide a striking and fresh contrast. Architectural design is art, and like all art, it's a matter of personal taste."
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