Herzog and de Meuron to Design New Residential Supertall in London

Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design one of London’s tallest residential towers, as officials announced earlier today. The Swiss firm will be joined by two other firms in designing the first phase of what is known as the Wood Wharf development in London’s Canary Wharf. As BDOnline reports, Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams will take on three smaller residential buildings while Allies & Morrison will design two new office buildings in the area.

Herzog & de Meuron’s Wood Wharf Tower, the tallest new structure, is slated to be the symbol of the new community. Whether the firm’s constrained minimalism — seen in the recently completed Parrish Art Museum — or its whacky formal experimentalism (i.e. the 3-D “graffiti” at 40 Bond Street?) will come out remains to be seen. Construction is expected to start in 2014.

Photo: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron

- Kelly Chan