Kent Jackson, Design Director at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, has worked at both the practice’s Chicago and London offices, where he continues to be based. His design approach responds to individual context and integrates natural and built environment – nowhere more can this be seen than at Upper Riverside. Published in titles including Wallpaper*, DETAIL and Interior Design, Jackson is a member of both RIBA and the American Institute of Architects. Additionally, he serves on the UK Advisory Board for the Council on Tall Buildings.
“Building tall is the best way to make the most of the amazing views, and to really take advantage of the air, the feeling of space and the light,” explains Jackson. It also gives the opportunity for open spaces at ground level, a large and varied landscape. Through SOM’s design and the geometry of the buildings, angled to the Thames, virtually every apartment has a river view. “For us it’s important to think about how people inhabit the buildings and are part of this place,” he continues. “It’s a very different offer from what I think you might see in the rest of London where things might be a bit more tightly packed, where building tends to focus more on efficiencies rather than the experience of the people who live there.” Upper Riverside’s Emirates Air Line, the unique cable car shuttle and The O2 are joined to the composition of the five buildings – the way the riverfront is framed by the towers as you arrive is quite spectacular.