This is a carefully articulated series of buildings around generous public spaces that animate one of East London’s disused docks. The materiality of the different buildings generates distinct characters for each of the buildings, which are in keeping with the industrial past while bringing colour and finesse to the area.
The project is housing-led but is also animated by artist studios, cafes, shops and gallery spaces. The project works exceptionally well in relation to the dock. Its surroundings are somewhat still under construction but the scale, accessibility and urban design sits well with the masterplan. The massing and relationship of building to open space feels highly appropriate in the context.
The choice of brick and ceramic is interesting and varied. The three different brick mixtures all work well together as an ensemble and a green glazed, profiled brick is used for decorative effect, along with ceramic nosings. Detailing and execution are excellent and contribute to an exemplary response to brief.
Architect/Designer: Maccreanor Lavington Architects
Contractors’ Architect: RMA Architects
Brick: Con Mosso by Wienerberger, St Joris Transparent Green Glazed by Ibstock
Brickwork Contractor: City Brickwork Ltd