The site forms the edge to the main public space, at the point of arrival to Cardiff from its central station. To the west, the River Taff flows and a bridge traverses it connecting to Wood Street. To the south, Millennium Plaza and Millennium Stadium contribute a civic presence to the location. To the east, a zone designated for future development exists; a new central square is envisaged connecting to the train station and city network. At high level there is opportunity to benefit from long distance views towards the Cardiff Bay.
The tallest building in Cardiff is to mark the intersection of a new public square, a major transport node and the River Taff. The contemporary form is to enhance the legibility of the developing historic city.
The form grows in massing towards the focal building – Glass Needle.
The Glass Needle is defined by a transparent functional double skin. Winter gardens are integrated to provide external space - enjoying high level dramatic panoramic views of the city whilst sheltered from the natural elements. The proposal defines the edges to the central square and new routes to the river, wrapping the street scene with built form and active uses at ground level. An elevated intensive garden provides a green heart to the development, orientating the design to the south and providing a social space for local residents.