A who’s who of up-and-coming talent and award-winning practices have unveiled their designs for a new creative industries cluster next to the Millennium Dome on the Greenwich Peninsula
Developer Knight Dragon has chosen nine firms to draw up plans for the 1.08ha design district, including Mole Architects, Adam Khan Architects, 6a Architects, David Kohn Architects and Architecture 00.
They are joined by international leading lights SelgasCano – the Madrid-based designer of the 2015 Serpentine pavilion, Barcelona-based Barozzi/Veiga – winners of the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Prize, and growing Copenhagen-based studio Schulze+Grassov which is working on the landscape design.
The list is completed by London’s Assemblage which is also masterplanning the 14,000m² project – a scheme billed as the ’first purpose-built district designed specifically for the creative industries’ in the capital.
Each of the firms, except Schulze+Grassov, has been given two ‘sugar cubes’ to design, with the aim of creating ‘16 front doors to 16 very different buildings’.
According to the development team, the plans were inspired by ‘old photographs and construction sites, dinner tables and the diversity of Londoners’.
A spokesperson said: ‘The result is a riot of unexpected contrasts. Of architectural anarchy. Lanes and open workshops. Double-height studios. Shared open spaces in between. A neighbourhood of playful contrasts. And a place to find inspiration.’
Subject to planning approval, work could start on site in January next year and is expected to take less than two years to complete.
- The Design District at Greenwich Peninsula is ‘London’s first purpose-built district designed specifically for the creative industries’. The 1.08ha area will provide homes for furniture-makers, reprographics, printers, model-makers, graphic/digital designers, brand agencies, film production companies, architects, specialist engineers, industrial designers, artists, photographers, fashion designers and more
- With open pedestrianised streets and hundreds of flexible workspaces, the area will offer more than 1,500 creatives a base at affordable fixed rents to display, trade, interact and grow their business
- The project includes 16 ‘avant-garde buildings’ designed by eight leading architects
- The design district is not a single large building divided into studios but a ‘place, with streets, squares and lanes accessible to all’
- It will be delivered in one go, a permanent district and will be open for business at the end of 2019
- Rents will average £25 per square foot and start from £10 per square foot for workshop space
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