Client: Regal Homes
The Cube is a unique 10 storey residential development that pushes the boundaries of hybrid buildings and timber engineering through its innovative twisted design, complex geometry and concrete, steel and timber construction.
Architect’s Hawkins\Brown took a basic cruciform shape which provided four courtyard communities for residents and then twisted every second floor to ensure all the flats had dual or triple aspect views and generous terraces. The complex geometry of the building did not lend itself to being built purely in cross-laminated timber (CLT), but rather to a hybrid CLT and steel structure.
By coupling BIM with an integrated supply chain for the superstructure, careful consideration of the relative movements and developing engineering solutions to connect the different materials, the Banyan Wharf project was able to use timber as the predominant construction material for an innovative, sustainable and exceptional residential development on a tight urban site.
2016 Hackney Design Awards
2015 Structural Timber Awards 'Engineer of the Year'
2015 Celebrating Construction Award for Innovation
2015 Evening Standard New Homes Award
2013 International Property Award in the Mixed Use Architecture category.
Image credits: Hawkins\Brown and Tim Crocker Architectural Photography.