The Quill, that located in London, United Kingdom , was designed by Spparc Architecture. a two part 21- and 31-storey ‘student hub’ by London based architecture practice Spparc Architecture has been approved by Southwark council. Designed to provide accommodation and amenities for students at King’s College London (KCL), the tower is loosely based on the form of an old-fashioned pen referencing Southwark’s literary history.
With 470 rooms, a student bar, library, gym and café, the uppermost point of the Quill will stand at 109m in height, not 100m from London Bridge. Due to be located in the shadow of Renzo Piano’s towering 310m Shard, the Quill has been subject to fiery criticism from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) – the UK’s design watchdog – who have labelled the design ‘ungainly’, ‘awkward’ and ‘over complex’. CABE eventually concluded that it was ‘unable to support the planning application’.