Situated above the future Crossrail station at Canary Wharf, Crossrail Place features a distinctive, timber latticed roof which cantilevers out over the waters of the North Dock at both ends. The most prominent feature of the design is the 310-metre long timber lattice roof, which arches 30 metres over the landscaped park and wraps down around the concrete substructure. Together, the galvanized nodes and spruce glulam beams support large triangular ETFE cushions.
The axis of each successive diagonal beam twists as it coils around the roof, and this twist is taken up at the nodes. In addition, as the geometry of the building accelerates out over the cantilever, the incoming angles at nodes get successively more acute and asymmetric. Each node connects to a beam plate fixed to the end of each glulam beam via timber screws.
Architect: Foster + Partners Crossrail Place
Image: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
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