In recent times, London’s Riverside—on the North side of the Thames and east of the British capital—is becoming the axis of an exciting urban development.
Very close to the thriving Canary Wharf and the famous O2 dome, in the Greenwich Peninsula, a new district has emerged featuring a selection of luxury buildings—some already completed—that will be home to well to do Londoners and also foreigners who crave an exclusive city address. The development will transform this emerging district into a destination for the international jet set.
This new corner of the city is located near the airport and—thanks to the efficient London Underground Network—in just eight minutes residents can reach London Bridge, in eighteen minutes Bond Street, and in eleven minutes the Waterloo train station.
Despite its rapid pace, the district will not be officially completed anytime soon. The plan is distributed over a period of 25 years and encompasses five distinct areas where visitors and residents will find homes, parks, shops, restaurants, entertainment, and culture.
The areas that have been urbanized up to now include Parkside, Lower Riverside, and Upper Riverside. Later on, the work will extend to cover Brickfields and Meridian Quays.
Lower Riverside already boasts five new buildings designed by some of Britain’s most renowned architecture studios. There are also luxurious residences, which range from small but exquisite lofts to apartments of two, three or more bedrooms, and even penthouses, located in the Lighterman, The Waterman, Waterman Gardens, The Fullmar, and The Norton condominiums.
In the area of Parkside, you’ll find the Cable & Roper building, designed by Jestico + Whiles Architects, and The Moore, who has a finely carved brick facade in shades of gray, an homage to the great history of the Greenwich Peninsula, which was steadily industrialized since the 19th century.
1. Cable & Roper.
2. The Fulmar.
3. The Lighterman.
4. The Moore.
5. The Norton.
6. The Waterman.
In Upper Riverside, at number 2—the most luxurious apartments built so far—sales are just starting. This is the ‘Tom Dixon Edition’, a collection of unique studios, lofts and penthouses with lovely interiors designed by the giant of British design Tom Dixon.
The stunning combinations of glass and stone in the facades, created by the architects from SOM studio, are designed to maximize light and enjoy the vast images of London. Additionally, the angular shape of the building creates spaces with distinctive character. Tom Dixon has used robust and industrial materials with a powerful British imprint, which are a reference to the history of Greenwich.
The interiors show a contemporary balance that combines natural and warm materials such as copper, leather and wood with bold sculptural forms. The penthouses offer panoramic views from all angles and are configured in a variety of ways that allow terraces and duplexes with glass windows from floor to ceiling. As an added amenity, the members of the resident’s club of this luxurious building are allowed to use the exclusive 15th floor, an entire floor dedicated to wellness and relaxation. ■