NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed NEO Bankside, a set of six-sided apartment blocks beside the Tate Modern art gallery on the edge of the River Thames.

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Like the Centre Pompidou and many other buildings designed by studio founder Richard Rogers, the four towers feature external bracing systems that form a steel diagrid across the facades.

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

These supports carry the weight of each structure, preventing the need for load-bearing walls inside the building and in turn allowing flexible layouts on different floors.

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

“A key feature is the external bracing, which allows a fantastic amount of flexibility inside the apartments,” explained Graham Stirk. “All the walls internally are non-structural, which means we have been able to open up the floor-to-ceiling space much higher than in a conventional apartment. That has enabled us to maximise daylight and the views.”

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The towers range from 12 to 24 storeys in height and all four feature balconies on the north and south elevations.

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

“The four pavilions make up a family of buildings, a series of four towers of different heights bound by a very strong three-dimensional geometry,” said Stirk.

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The exposed steel structure is also intended as a nod to the industrial heritage of the area, which was once home to a large oil-fired power station (now Tate Modern).