The residential scheme NEO Bankside designed by the architectural studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and John Robertson Architects is one of the six finalists for the Riba Stirling Prize 2015.
The complex is an exoskeletal structure made up of four apartment towers of varying heights and an office block built in Bankside, on the southern banks of the Thames in the Southwark zone of London, right in front of the Tate Modern.
NEO Bankside evokes the industrial past of the area, revisited in a contemporary style and its materials and colours reflect the heritage of the local architecture. The external part of the building is completed with an efficient bracing structure which allows the locations to be free of retaining walls. The internal spaces are very accommodating with spectacular 360°s views of the city and the river thanks to extensive glass walls.
The buildings are arranged in such a way as to optimise the panoramic views and natural light. Gardens are laid out in the remaining areas with two walkways crossing the site connecting the Tate Modern and along the river through to Southwark Street.
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with John Robertson Architects
Location: London, United Kingdom
Images courtesy of RIBA
Photographers: Edmund Sumner, Philip Durrant &NICK Guttridge