Heron Tower

Yesterday we were given a tour of the recently completed Heron Tower, down the road in the City. It is designed by American architects KPF. Many of London’s new skyscrapers have followed a trend for form-driven shapes, attracting names like the ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Walkie Talkie’ ‘Gherkin’ and ‘Cheese Grater’. We liked the Heron Tower as it instead follows a more modern, rational approach to design, based on adaptability, context and sun paths. The floors are arranged in blocks of three, as ‘vertical villages’ with triple-height atriums providing a focal point for each tenant. The north-facing atriums also give great views over Shoreditch, back towards our office.