Up St. Helen's Aviva Tower By Luis Garrido Vázquez ​

Up St. Helen's Aviva Tower

By Luis Garrido Vázquez ​(lgvDesign​)​


Building a small community in top of St. Helen's Aviva Tower in London. 

On a platform to overcome the existing building and defining the support platform of the new construction, this housing development consists in four stories with the ground floor is destined to recreation and exercise, and three other floors for housing different programs for two people up to six.

Each of the three-story contains four units per floor and is accessed by a centralized staircase and elevators which communicates with the vertical communication system of the existing building.

The facades opens up to the surrounding landscape with generous amounts of glazing and green roof terraces.

It is built with prefabricated timber panel system with highly insulated flat roofs.

Continuous horizontal larch cladding forms the exterior envelope and unifies the individual units into one large yet compact building volume.

The housing development is equipped with solar collectors.​

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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