New plans have been unveiled for the stunning recreation of 10 Trinity Square’s iconic rotunda - an integral part of the vision for the redevelopment of this historic Grade II* listed building. Woods Bagot has conceived a modern interpretation of the original 1920’s rotunda designed by Sir Edwin Cooper.
The original rotunda’s unique and pioneering design for its time - and a significant reason behind the architect being knighted - was sadly destroyed during the bombings in London in World War II and never rebuilt. The plans form a key part of the restoration of 10 Trinity Square - which is being transformed into a world-class scheme with hotel, spa, restaurant, club and 41 luxury residences.
The internal courtyard space at 10 Trinity Square has been carefully designed to represent an ever-changing and evolving landscape, which plays upon the natural elements of night and day, and utilises the rotunda’s reflective surfaces of glass and water. Its twisted fins are also designed to create an optical illusion, giving shape to its geometric form whilst providing privacy for those hotel rooms overlooking the courtyard and lending a feeling of light and space. The terrace on its crown will offer a garden, flanked by an infinity-edged water feature - providing an open-air, landscaped space for the public to enjoy.
This architectural masterpiece will be a focal point of the overall scheme and a connective entity joining the first, second and third floors of the surrounding building. The principal tower presiding over the rotunda offers an interesting contrast to the modern elements, and gives reference to the original listed structure of the building.
Rob Steul, Principal at Woods Bagot, comments: “Our approach was to design a structure worthy of the original rotunda, and to avoid making ‘an extension’. This allowed it to be deferential to the existing building and tower whilst delivering a high quality, modern day scheme in its own right. The original design was approved in 1912 and exactly 100 years later we have embarked on securing its next century as one of the Capital’s finest hotels and residential developments.”
The vision behind restoring 10 Trinity Square will also remind visitors of its important role at a time when Britain was the centre of global trade. The Grade II* listed building in Beaux Arts-style was unveiled in 1922 as the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, and remained so until 1971. The internal rotunda served as the rates offices where Port dues were collected, welcoming over 1,200 visitors a day. It was later destroyed during the Second World War, and plans to restore it never materialised.
Planning permission was granted in April 2012 for the restoration and conversion of 10 Trinity Square into a world-class mixed use scheme, to include 41 private residences, a luxury 120-bedroom hotel, spa, restaurant offering and club, with architecture by Woods Bagot. Completion is due in quarter one of 2015.