One Park Drive: Inside the heart of Canary Wharf's new residential district
Herzog & de Meuron's latest architectural masterpiece combines the best of city and waterside living in London.
A thriving commercial and cultural hub for the past three decades, London's Canary Wharf is ready to welcome its first full-time residents. Londoners and overseas investors now have the opportunity to own property on the 128-acre Canary Wharf Estate, enjoying all the perks of a private estate with a prime waterside location.
Standing at the head of the dock, One Park Drive is the signature building of this new district. This striking 58-story residential tower has been designed by leading architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, whose portfolio includes London's Tate Modern extension, New York's 56 Leonard Street and Beijing’s groundbreaking National Stadium, also known as the ‘Bird's Nest'.
Canary Wharf Estate: A place to call home
The Estate's new residential district has everything professionals, couples and families need for work, relax and play, from bustling high streets and intimate shopping arcades to a local primary school and medical facility. More than a third of the district is given over to tranquil parks, gardens and boardwalks, all beautifully maintained to create a safe oasis in the city.
Canary Wharf is a leading business hub in London as well as on the global stage. Over 120,000 people arrive for work every day, primarily in the finance industry but also increasingly in technology, media and entertainment. The regeneration itself is expected to create more than 17,000 new jobs in leisure, construction and more.
One of the main factors that makes Canary Wharf so appealing for businesses is its excellent transport connections, which put London City Airport and Eurostar train services to Europe just moments away. The already impressive transport infrastructure of an Underground station, two Docklands Light Railway stations and a Thames River Bus Pier will be enhanced even further following the arrival of the Crossrail Elizabeth line in 2018, allowing commuters to reach the West End in just 13 minutes and Heathrow in 39 minutes.
One Park Drive: A unique architectural achievement
With its distinctive cylindrical tower that can be viewed equally from every angle, One Park Drive will stand proudly apart from its neighbors as an eye-catching new landmark in this rapidly expanding part of London.
Jacques Herzog, co-founder of Herzog & de Meuron, said: “Residential high-rises are conventionally characterized by the negative qualities of sameness and too much repetition. One Park Drive has three distinct zones offering different types of accommodation that are clearly expressed, offering a sense of individuality in a larger development.”
Each of these three zones – the Loft apartments at the lower levels, Cluster apartments in the center and Bay apartments on the upper levels – has its own distinct personality that works in harmony with the others. All apartments offer expansive views over their surroundings from sheltered terraces, the lower floors connecting with the green space and the waterfront while the upper floors making the most of the daylight and the city’s skyline.
Inside the studios, apartments and spacious penthouses, natural materials and tactile surfaces create a calm and luxurious ambience. Residents also have exclusive access to a generous range of amenities on the bottom two levels, including a health club with a 20-meter pool, fully equipped gym, steam room and sauna, a private screening room and concierge services.