Client Knight Dragon
Location London, UK
2008 Housing Design Award
Situated in the Riverside South district of Greenwich Peninsula, this residential scheme of 201 units overlooks Central Park and a terrace of listed cottages adjoining the historic Pilot Inn. As it was one of the first plots to be developed, the design took into account its existing context as well as anticipating the future context that would emerge as the whole of the peninsula was developed.
The masterplan outline massing for this plot was developed to form a plinth occupying the footprint of the plot with three different block types on the upper levels. Opening the building form in this way admits more sunlight into the scheme, improves views across the park and increases the number of dwellings with multiple aspects.
The varying character of each building is expressed in the facing materials: glass cladding, dark brickwork and pale render.
The scheme contains a mix of apartments for sale, shared ownership and rent with distinctive penthouses in the parkside buildings as well as a contemporary re-interpretation of the terrace house type fronting East Parkside that complements its historic neighbours.
'A density of 460 dwellings per hectare is about as compact as you can get. Add to that a development brief calling for a variety of dwelling sizes and tenures (40% shared ownership and affordable rent) and two storeys of car parking, and the result could have been an unwieldy, monolithic management nightmare.'
'But the architects for this key site near the Millennium Dome have skilfully re-cast the outline proposal contained in the overall masterplan to open up the building form towards the new central park.'
2008 Housing Design Award Judges.