St. Katharine Docks

Location London E1

Status Designed 2006


The brief for this competition was to create a two and a half storey restaurant, bar and associated plant on an old concrete pier near Tower Bridge, which only had a loading capacity equivalent to a single storey office floor.  A high degree of transparency was needed to provide views out towards Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, as well as to be a striking attraction for the area.


The result is a multi-faceted transparent enclosure that can be swiftly erected from a small number of framing and cladding pieces. The main body consists of just five types of framing bars and a single type of glazed cladding panel that slots into each triangular shape to provide the necessary rigidity.  Like a piece of origami the structure draws its strength from the junctions between the glazed panels it contains.


Client Reit Asset Management

Planning Consultant DP9

Quantity Surveyor EC Harris

Services Ramboll UK

Structure Ramboll UK