Greenwich Design District

A pair of affordable studio buildings as part of a new creative district on the Greenwich peninsula

David Kohn Architects is working with developer Knight Dragon on two new build creative studio buildings as part of the Greenwich Design District. They will be part of a masterplan of sixteen buildings that together create a new quarter for small creative businesses.

David Kohn Architects' buildings A4 and B4 are a pair of miniature glowing palazzi. They share heavy red masonry bases, green gridded glazed facades and are adorned by figurative sculpture and an illuminated rooftop sign that announces your arrival at the ‘DESIGN DISTRICT.’ The architecture is classically-inspired but makes playful reference to other periods and ideas, from the heavily adorned palazzi of the Venetian guild houses, to the American mid-west roadside architecture beloved of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown, to the late works of British architect, James Stirling. The buildings speak of making rules and breaking them, and hope to similarly inspire their creative occupants. Read about this project in the Architectural Digest,"An Inside Look at London’s New Design District Opening This Year."

Project
Creative studios and workshops

Location
London, United Kingdom

Client
Knight Dragon

Size
2500m2

Status
2017-2021

Construction Value
£5.5M

Design Team
David Kohn, Benjamin Boehringer, Matthew Volsen, Jessica Lyons, Adam Perkins, Tom Whittaker, Natalie Klak

Building B4 incorporates niches for a rolling programme of sculpture commissions
Scale of a souk with narrow passages, small yards and a central square
Buildings A4 and B4 along the District's western edge

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