Albion Riverside, London

Foster + Partners
Date Built
Completed 2003
South bank of the Thames between Battersea and Albert bridges
This mixed-use development involves four separate building containing shops, caf├ęs, leisure facilities, commercial spaces and an eleven storey residential building.  Foster's website says that this building, " ... forms an asymmetrical crescent to create a public space alongside the river walk. The facades are principally of glass, creating elevations that vary in appearance and sparkle according to prevailing light conditions and changing viewpoints. On the river facade, curved balconies with glass balustrades are accessed through full-height sliding glazed panels, which allow the apartments to open out on to the water.  ....  A typical floor in this building contains twenty-six apartments, arranged around four service cores. In total there are 183 apartments, ranging from one to four bedrooms, and twelve duplex penthouses."

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