The four-storey building set close to North Greenwich Tube is covered in reflective aluminium panels punctured by large gridded windows that reveal the high ceilings of studios and teaching spaces within. The building is occupied by Ravenbourne’s graduate school, the Institute for Creativity & Technology, and offers four new masters programmes at the university: MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership, MA Fashion Design, Management and Innovation, MA Design Communication and Technology and MA Illustration for Communication.
As well as being the first of the Design District’s buildings to open, A1 is also the first UK project by Spanish-Italian architects Barozzi Veiga.
“The opportunity to build something in London has always attracted us and our involvement in Design District gave us the possibility to do it in one of the most interesting development areas of the city,” says Barozzi Veiga co-founder Alberto Veiga.
“We are particularly glad that our first built project in London is also the first building to open at the Design District. We think this is a very nice coincidence and we hope it marks a great beginning both for our practice in the UK and for the new creative district.”
Barozzi Veiga is one of eight working on the 16 buildings that will make up the Greenwich Peninsula Design District, a creative hub that will stand alongside 15,000 new homes in the redevelopment of the Thames peninsula by Knight Dragon.
The masterplan by HNNA founder Hannah Corlett will include buildings by HNNA, 6a Architects, Architecture 00, Adam Khan Architects, David Kohn Architects, SelgasCano and Mole Architects, while Schulze+Grassov will work on the public spaces between.