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China's orchid flower inspires London's Spire tower

China's orchid flower inspires...
Spire London will be located in the Docklands area of London, UK
Spire London will be located in the Docklands area of London, UK
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Spire London will be located in the Docklands area of London, UK
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Spire London will be located in the Docklands area of London, UK
The building will be adjacent to Canary Wharf and will face out onto the River Thames
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The building will be adjacent to Canary Wharf and will face out onto the River Thames
The building's premier and penthouse apartments will have outside terraces, made possible by the angled roofs of its three towers
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The building's premier and penthouse apartments will have outside terraces, made possible by the angled roofs of its three towers
The three-pronged design mimics the petals of an orchid, by which the building is inspired
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The three-pronged design mimics the petals of an orchid, by which the building is inspired
At night, the roofs of the towers will be topped by feature lighting, aimed at reinforcing the building's silhouette
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At night, the roofs of the towers will be topped by feature lighting, aimed at reinforcing the building's silhouette
Once complete, Spire London will rise up to 235 m (771 ft)
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Once complete, Spire London will rise up to 235 m (771 ft)
Outside, there will be a paved piazza, entrance driveways, birch trees, sculptural benches and a fountain
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Outside, there will be a paved piazza, entrance driveways, birch trees, sculptural benches and a fountain
The building is being developed by Chinese firm Greenland Group
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The building is being developed by Chinese firm Greenland Group
Spire London has been designed by HOK Architects
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Spire London has been designed by HOK Architects
The project will include 156 affordable residences
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The project will include 156 affordable residences
The entryway sets an upscale scene
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The entryway sets an upscale scene
The glamorous lobby
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The glamorous lobby
Access to the apartments will be via a lobby that has been designed to recall the quality and appearance of a boutique hotel
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Access to the apartments will be via a lobby that has been designed to recall the quality and appearance of a boutique hotel
Among the features of the lobby will be a a 6-m (19.7-ft) high ceiling and a reception desk shaped like the petal of an orchid
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Among the features of the lobby will be a a 6-m (19.7-ft) high ceiling and a reception desk shaped like the petal of an orchid
In total, 861 apartments will be spread across 67 floors
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In total, 861 apartments will be spread across 67 floors
The apartments will be a mix of suites, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as three-bedroom duplex penthouses
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The apartments will be a mix of suites, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as three-bedroom duplex penthouses
The apartments will feature large living areas
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The apartments will feature large living areas
The apartments will also feature bespoke kitchens
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The apartments will also feature bespoke kitchens
Among the other features of which occupants will be able to take advantage will be a pool room with an infinity pool, lounge areas and a jacuzzi, a gymnasium and a fitness studio
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Among the other features of which occupants will be able to take advantage will be a pool room with an infinity pool, lounge areas and a jacuzzi, a gymnasium and a fitness studio
Away from the health and wellness side of things, there'll be a club room with a cocktail bar, a cinema room, a games room and meeting rooms
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Away from the health and wellness side of things, there'll be a club room with a cocktail bar, a cinema room, a games room and meeting rooms
Residents will have views out across London
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Residents will have views out across London
The building's height will give it some of the grandest panoramic views in the city
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The building's height will give it some of the grandest panoramic views in the city
Spire London will be the tallest residential tower in Western Europe and one of the tallest buildings in the UK
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Spire London will be the tallest residential tower in Western Europe and one of the tallest buildings in the UK
The apartments will feature "boutique" bathrooms
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The apartments will feature "boutique" bathrooms
The bathrooms will have high-quality finishes in natural materials like timber and stone
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The bathrooms will have high-quality finishes in natural materials like timber and stone
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Ground has been broken on what will be the tallest residential tower in Western Europe and, indeed, one of the tallest buildings in the UK. Once complete, Spire London will rise flower-like up to 235 m (771 ft). Occupants will have access to a concierge service, roof-top gardens, a spa, a bar and a cinema.

The site is located in the Docklands area of London, adjacent to Canary Wharf and facing out onto the River Thames. Designed by HOK Architects, with interiors by Argent Design, Spire London's architecture is said to be inspired by the area's nautical history and by the orchid flower, developed as it is by Chinese firm Greenland Group. Indeed, it will actually be comprised of three outwardly protruding adjoined towers, or "petals."

In total, 861 apartments will be spread across 67 floors. They will be a mix of suites, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as three-bedroom duplex penthouses. The standard, albeit luxury, apartments will feature large living areas, bespoke kitchens and "boutique" bathrooms, while the premier and penthouse apartments boast kitchens with breakfast bars, high ceilings and walk-in dressing rooms.

The premier and penthouse apartments will also have outside terraces, made possible by the angled roofs of the three towers. At night, the roofs will be topped by feature lighting, aimed at reinforcing the building's silhouette.

Spire London has been designed by HOK Architects
Spire London has been designed by HOK Architects

Access to the apartments will be via a lobby that has been designed to recall the quality and appearance of a boutique hotel. Among its features will be a a 6-m (19.7-ft) high ceiling and a reception desk shaped, thematically, like the petal of an orchid. Spire London also promises the "best lift provision of any new residential tower in London," with nine passenger lifts to the apartment floors and waiting time limited to 35 seconds.

Among the other features available to occupants will be an aquatics area with an infinity pool, lounge areas and a jacuzzi, a gymnasium and a fitness studio. Away from the health and wellness side of things, there will be a club room with a cocktail bar, plus a cinema room, a game room and meeting rooms. Outside, there'll be a paved piazza, entrance driveways, birch trees, sculptural benches and a fountain.

Construction of the tower is expected to reach the halfway point in 2018, and completion is scheduled for 2020.

Source: Spire London

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