There are plenty of new landmark apartment buildings that look fabulously impressive on the outside, but some disappoint once you walk through the entrance as communal and living spaces fail to live up to the promise of their exterior. George Wimpey City’s Falcon Wharf in Battersea, west London, which was designed by architect Burland TM, does not disappoint. “Both internally and externally it is of high quality,” said our judges.
The 17 storey building, with its four distinctive linked blue-clad curved towers, has looks, status and the added bonus for residents of fabulous views across London, which all occupants are able to enjoy because four roof terraces are provided for communal use.
Step inside the building and look up and you won’t find yourself staring at the conventional, boring white emulsioned ceiling. The main entrance of the building leads to a central atrium with glazed roof and a glass scenic lift.
That wow factor continues into the 124 apartments, which include duplexes plus a spectacular 3070sq ft double penthouse running across the entire top of a tower. Every apartment is gently curved, and has a glazed enclosed terrace or winter garden. Lounges and bedrooms have full length windows and sliding doors made from engineered timber components supplied by Timbmet. Combining the aesthetic appearance of natural timber with enhanced performance enables wood to be used in environments considered unsuitable for solid timber. The terraces provide all-year round additional living space, permanent passive ventilation and screen residents from Battersea’s famous heliport which is located nearby.
As well as homes, 32,000sq ft of commercial/office space and a waterfront restaurant are seamlessly integrated into the scheme. The end result is an apartment development that might not suit anyone who hankers after wisteria around the front door, but that is a confident statement of high quality urban living.