South Quay Plaza, the 220m tall glass tower with 68 levels, has become the new vision focus of the Canary Wharf located at the City of London. Standing among the serried commercial buildings, including the Citibank, Bank of England, Standard Chartered Bank and JP Morgan Chase Tower, South Quay Plaza sketched out its own cucoloris at the skyline with its most concise and modern architectural outline. This highest residential tower in Europe is the new piece of work designed and accomplished by FOSTER+PARTNERS following the British Museum, London City Hall, Millennium Bridge and the Swiss Re Headquarter.

Two types of financial lifestyles exist within the Canary Wharf and the City of London, while the City of London concentrates the significance of history, the Canary Wharf performs a 2.0ver life of the metropolis elites. It is not only the lights of the office buildings that sparkle here, but also the splendid chapters of the cultural lifestyle. The convenient traffic and profound leisure atmosphere deeply attract the financial elites to gather and reside here.


The appearance of South Quay Plaza has added another advantage to the habitability of Canary Wharf. It is accompanied with bars, restaurants, residence-only clubs and private movie theaters, not to mention its 20m panorama SPA pool. The night view at the Canary Wharf becomes a 360-degreed background, reflecting the splendid life and the breath-taking, prosperous city view.


HWCD is being invited as the private interior designer of South Quay Plaza. Designers approach progressively through the cultural and historical backgrounds. They blend in the elements of the Art Nouveau to the Mid Century style, then extract from there the key elements and symbols of those eras.

History depicts legends, the Canary Plaza, also named the sleepless wharf, has witnessed the history of the London shipping industry, anchoring the ground, awaiting for the cargo ships to unload, structuring the success of the Canary before the 60th accompanying the sound of the flowing traffic at the shore. In the mid-80th, water transport is replaced by land and aerial, and this place turns into the financial center. It has had 7.5 buildings incredibly built in 18 months, and it also depicts the legend of the architecture in London. The elements of culture and history therefore become the indispensable in designs, running though the temperament of space and core of tinge. 

The mirror, light and side-cabinet at the entrance are all structured with simple geometry, representing the cascaded yet disordered way of expression of the basic composition of the stereo-structuralism. Lines of the Art Nouveau blend with the Mid Century style, and the balance is found within the semi-symmetric picture, outlining the elegant appeal of the line decorations. The combination of flimsy metallic materials and the white marble plate forms the mutualism between the materials, and depicts interests in visual tension. The circular mirror at the living room reflects the theme of the Canary Wharf, and the horizontally-stretched space at the guest-dining room pulls the background of the City of London into the room as the city grand screen to be enjoyed alone.

Jean Rets’s artworks probes the abstract philosophy of pictures and colors. It reflects the essence of this complicated world in its terse lines, and constructs a dialogue of space with the Art Nouveau themed curved decorative furniture.

As what Herman Miller says, the boundary between people’s lives are blurring, the fixed functional areas in lives are starting to flow, and art will combine with life to form a way of communication that is deeply attached with essence of space.