Londons Tall Building Survey 2020
Cassini Tower sits at a key position in the townscape of White City, providing a marker for the publicly accessible gardens at the residential heart of a connected masterplan of commercial, academic, leisure and media uses. The curving form of the building terminates the eastern Parkside Terrace, turning 180º between landscapes. At lower levels, the alternating white and patterned bronze wraparound balconies stitch into the rectilinear terrace, gently undulating in plan to enhance views and create a playful silhouette. As the tower emerges above its plinth, the balconies re-join to form a soft D-shaped plan, tapering back towards the apex.
Residential above ground, Cassini Tower offers 1-bed to 3-bed homes, with the projecting plan form and wraparound balconies providing multiple aspects to a high proportion of dwellings. Above the shoulder of the building, dual or triple-aspect homes prioritise light, generous living spaces. Alternating balustrades offer choice, balancing privacy and views.
At street level, the line of balconies which orbit the tower extends outward to form a projecting canopy sheltering the café within the glazed base. The curved plan and transparency combine to encourage connections between landscapes. The 360º expression and tapering form create an elegant skyline marker from distant views.
Currently on site, the Cassini Tower is for Private market sale. Affordable housing in the White City Living masterplan features Shared Equity, London Living Rent, Extra Care, London Affordable Rent and Social Rent. 23 per cent on-site provision is supported by a S106 contribution of £34.5m.
Number of storeys: 35
‘Cassini Tower is the lynchpin of White City Living and the wider regeneration area, marking a key location in the masterplan and responding to site, context and city. The fluid, playful form and materiality of the balconies builds on the architecture of the Parkside Residences and develops the idea of a ‘building with no back’. A restrained, classic palette and subtle movement exploits the properties of precast concrete and laser cut metalwork to craft a sculptural, elegant addition to the skyline. The building teases the hidden lagoon, furthering the transformation of an isolated industrial site into a collection of buildings and landscaped spaces for London living.’
Pankaj Patel, Director, Patel Taylor