Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, London

Foster + Partners
Date Built
Completion 2015
West India Dock
When these images of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station were taken in 2015, the structure was still under construction.  The station is located in the North Dock of West India Quay and four of its six storeys were essentially complete.  Work continued below "ground" level on the 256 metre long station box itself.  Above ground the building was home to 100,000 square feet of retail outlets, restaurants and on the top floor a landscaped park.  The roof is a semi open-air timber lattice covered in part by a translucent membrane.  Were the building to be oriented vertically it would be approximately the height of One Canada Square.

Foster + Partner's website explains that, ".... The 310-metre-long roof arches 30 metres over the park and stretches around the shops and entrances below. The roof’s lattice opens in the centre to draw in light and rain for natural irrigation, and opens along the sides and at either end to allow views of the water and surrounding streets.   Providing a warm, natural counterpoint to the steel and glass towers of CanaryWharf, the wooden structure evokes the ships that once sailed into West India Dock. The spruce glulam beams are sustainably sourced and support ETFE cushions, which are filled with air and lighter than glass."