Landmark Tower/U2 Studio at Britain Quay
The building occupies the whole site and was designed as a continuos programmatic strip which bends 3-dimensionally into a complex volume whichalso can be identified as the overlapping letters of U and 2: this produces a landmark for the new city quay and introduces a complex interior visible from all exterior views. By bending instead of breaking, the space offers unique spatial transitions of the inside spaces that are able to inhabit complex and communicative interior spaces. The glazed façade follows the volume and reflects as mirror in the daylight–the bent glazed surfaces will brake the light and offer a combination of reflections from the river, the clouds and the surrounding area. At night the lights inside the building will create a performance of people inhabiting the space to those passing by outside. By introducing internal double spaces such as shared atriums, galleries and viewing platforms the interior space is divided into several sections.The concept offers spatial and environmental diversity-different programs are connected and yet can be totally isolated.