The modular design of the Danes Yard Tower is constructed of sustainably sourced timber arranged as a hyperboloidal structure. At night, the dynamic animation of low-energy coloured lights transforms the tower into a key landmark in East London. The immediate purpose of the tower at the time of its planning consent in 2012 was to act as a temporary symbol, heralding the regeneration of the Sugar House Island site. Well received by the Borough of Newham and its Planning Department, the investor was asked and agreed to accept a permanent approval for the structure. Now it stands as a familiar element within the complete design of Danes Yard.
Photograph by Paul Stoddart