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Assemblage’s Greenwich Design District set to start on site

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Work is set to get underway within weeks on the Assemblage-masterplanned Design District in south-east London

The cluster of 16 buildings, put together by nine practices, will be built over the next two years on the Greenwich Peninsula.

They will house 13,181m2 of workspace for creative industries as well as 6,411m2 of education facilities and some retail areas.

Work is due to start on the scheme, backed by developer Knight Dragon, ‘at Easter this year’, according to Assemblage.

Practice director Peter Besley told the AJ: ‘We have not yet decided which building we will bring forward first but all 16 will be built in the same period with completion expected by Q2 2020.’

Nine practices were chosen last autumn to draw up plans for the individual buildings within the masterplan: UK-based Mole Architects, Adam Khan Architects, 6a Architects, David Kohn Architects and Architecture 00, as well as Madrid-based SelgasCano, Barcelona-based Barozzi/Veiga and growing Copenhagen-based studio Schulze+Grassov.

Assemblage has two buildings, and has revealed details of its C3 structure, which includes an undulating façade of vertical white battens.

The practice said: ‘The undulations serve a number of purposes: creating informal pools of space in the open plan, offering bay window-like views down the Design District’s narrow lanes, and casting complex shadow patterns across the building mass.’

Assemblage's east London Design District C3 building model

Assemblage’s east London Design District C3 building model

Assemblage’s east London Design District C3 building model

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