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Located at the heart of London’s South Bank, One Blackfriars creates a gateway to the historic borough of Southwark. It will rise to 50 storeys and 170 metres high, making it one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe. Each of its 274 luxury homes has sweeping views of London designed to maximise reflection and light. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring daylight in and create a sense of openness and connection with the outside.

The tower’s distinctive form is emphasized by its double skin façade. The curved outer skin gives it a smooth and dynamic appearance, and is made up of 5,476 glass panels, most of which are bent into shape as they are installed. The inner façade’s coloured panels, varying from earthy colours at bottom levels to silvery shades at the top, help animate the building. Connecting the two façades are winter gardens, accessible enclosed balconies, which provide residents with extended living areas.

A public plaza at ground level together with the Sky Deck, a public viewing lounge on the 32nd floor, allows everyone to experience this special and vibrant place. Underneath the building is a three-floor basement the size of six Olympic swimming pools, which houses the spa, gym, cinema, golf simulator and winery. In a separate podium building on site is a 161-bedroom hotel, shops, restaurants and units for local ventures such as yoga studios.

Project information

  • Client

    St George

  • Status

    On Site

  • Area

    69,997 sq m

  • Start


  • Completion


  • Consultants

    Structural Engineer:
    Building Services Engineer:
    Hoare Lea
    Interior Designer:
    Tara Bernerd & Partners

  • Elements

    161 bedroom hotel
    Retail space
    Restaurants and bars
    Health and fitness centre
    274 residential apartments
    Viewing lounge
    Basement parking
    CfSH Level 4
    BREEAM rating target: “Very Good”

  • Awards

    2015 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Residential (Future Project) - Shortlisted

    2013 Bentley Be Inspired Award - Shortlisted