Conran Shop and Offices, London

Michael Hopkins
Date Built
1987 - 1991
Shad Thames
This office/shop building on Shad Thames was occupied by Conrans when I photographed it in 2014, but it was commissioned by David Mellor, the contemporary cutlery designer.  The building was designed by Hopkins Architects to be Mellor's London showroom and headquarters.  Hopkins say that it is, "... a three bay composition, with a vertical core placed on the southern side. The ground floor features a showroom, with a split-level floor to accommodate the change in level between Shad Thames and the quay side of Saint Saviour's dock at the rear. ...

... The upper floors are offices, and on the roof is a dual height penthouse with front and rear fa├žades set back to form roof-top terraces. The designers were aiming to replicate the honesty of the neighbouring brick warehouses. ....

.... The frame is visual quality concrete, left exposed, infilled front and rear with sliding glass patio door type units. The flank walls are infilled with lead covered panels, and the core is clad with flanged steel plates."