The building steps up from a park along the Britain Quay to hold the corner of the site. A cafe at ground level opens to a public park next to the water's edge where performances can take place. From there, the building rises up in three tiers, terminating in the U2 recording studio that opens onto its own private terrace.
In plan, the building splays to fill the boundary of the site, providing an infill mass at the end of the quay. At the same time, the stepped shape has a unique character, symbolizing the individuality of the band.
The program is used to inject round-the clock activity into the surrounding area through a mix of uses that come to life at different times of day.
The voyeuristic world of Bar/Club/Restaurant, entered through a dramatic “crevice”, has several distinct environments - an elegant ground floor restaurant open to the park, several bars, an intimate lounge, and a small-scale performance space. A grand stair acts as a theatrical promenade, a place "to see and be seen”.
Office floors are designed to accommodate single or multiple tenants.
Live/Work Lofts fill the shaft of the tower. They are designed for maximum flexibility of configuration and size, in most cases resulting in L-shaped units with two exposures. Residents have access to a common roof garden with a children's playground.
The Recording Studio takes up the top two levels, with the lower one devoted to support functions. The upper level is a spectacular 9.25m high glass-enclosed space with panoramic views, a recording module in the center, and an expansive south-facing terrace.
U2 Landmark Studio