Riverlight, London

Rogers Stirk Harbour
Date Built
2009 - 2016
Nine Elms
The developers of this project in Nine Elms describe it as, "... beautiful properties (that) offer state of the art living and in many cases, outstanding views of the River Thames and London skyline. The six elegant pavilions cover just over two hectares of land and more than three quarters of the site is dedicated to outdoor space" adding that, "... There will be a range of on-site amenities including a restaurant, coffee shop, Sainsburys and even a Royal College of Art gallery."  Boris Johnson, the then Mayor of London, said that, “The design standard on this inaugural site in the regeneration of Nine Elms is absolutely spot on, with vast amounts of public space for everyone in the capital to enjoy sitting happily alongside well designed good quality housing”

The architects point out that, "... The architectural expression takes its cue from the former industrial warehouse buildings that lined the river. The language is of simple robust structures which emphasise their construction. Buildings are divided into three distinct zones: top, middle, and base. Top levels are lightweight, two-storey structures with gull-wing roofs; mid levels are represented as concrete floors expressed every two storeys, with intermediate floors expressed as lightweight steel balconies."

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