Client: Manhattan Loft Corporation
Date: January 1999
The Bankside Lofts development is a combination of converted and new buildings set around a new raised garden. A red-brick Italianate ex-cocoa mill is at the centre of the group. To its north is a 1950s building of similar height curving round the street line. This has been extended upwards and sideways to form a snail plan spiral tower of stepping terraces with large steel windows in an orange rendered frame. Both buildings have single and double height lofts on upper floors with commercial floors at ground and basement.
To the south are Nell Gwynne’s House, a restored 17th Century cottage, and a new five-storey brick built office building which also has a stepped section. To its east, and south of the garden, is the final element, a newly built loft building which is angled to gain views of the city across the river.
This north elevation is another rendered frame, this time in pale grey with very large glazed screens to the single and double height internal spaces. The garden itself sits above the ground and basement storeys of the car, motorcycle and bicycle park which is treated as a separate jettylike structure of timber baulks and planking.