A pair of floating pavilions have been towed upriver and into place at Canary Wharf’s Water Square. Connected by a series of bridges, boardwalks and pontoons the pavilions will create a new destination in the Wood Wharf district developed by Canary Wharf Group.
Situated directly above the Jubilee Line tunnels, the design development of the pavilions presented a uniquely complex series of technical challenges as the structures needed to be fully floating to overcome the piling restraints of the site. Located in the former West India Dock the closed body of water is also subject to tidal change, storm water retention and the potential swell from river traffic.
Working in collaboration with Ramboll marine engineers and employing a range of disciplines including product design, marine technology and coastal engineering, the end result is a pair of bespoke, crafted, buoyant structures that are flexible enough to be moved onto a new location and are naturally flood resistant.
The pavilions activate the dock as a distinctive new piece of public realm, animating the riverside location and allowing people to have a much closer relationship to the water whilst revealing the surrounding environment and skyline from a whole new perspective. The location also forms part of a sequence of new urban routes and spaces into Wood Wharf, which, with a growing resident population, is transforming this district into a round-the-clock destination.
Low impact materials such as sustainably sourced timber decking, and an intensive green roof have been chosen while primary energy will be provided from the estate-wide Combined Heat and Power (CHP) network. Further, the pavilion roofs are decorated with blankets of mixed wildflowers and grasses that will encourage visits from insects and birds and contributes towards carbon capture. Using these materials contributes to Canary Wharf’s wider environmental initiatives creating a truly sustainable 15-minute city, a place to live, work and play.
Photo credit © Canary Wharf Group / Peter Matthews