Standing as one of the last remaining unconverted warehouses in Wapping Metropolitan Wharf’s fortunes are set to change.
Metropolitan Wharf is a significant 6-storey, Grade II Listed, purpose built Victorian riverside warehouse. Built between 1862 and 1898 it sits as one of London’s most impressive collection of wharf buildings located within a context dominated by residential use at ground and upper levels.
In contrast to this context the brief for the project was to produce modern, yet cost effective studio workspace aimed at start-up businesses and the creative industries. Crowning the building will be 8 no. 2,400 – 3,800 sqft penthouses designed in collaboration with Tom Dixon’s design company, Design Research Studio.
The overarching concept that we developed for the building is to create ‘a village within the contours of the wharf’, providing a wealth of curated facilities that will support the new businesses and residents alike. It is envisioned that the ground floor will offer concierge lobby facilities, a destination restaurant, local grocers/deli, a newsagent, gallery space and a cafe. These will be accessed from Met Walk, a cut that has been made through the building connecting the street to the river.