Lime Wharf Cultural Centre
Lime Wharf contains a mixture of cultural and residential uses within a composition of historic and new buildings.
Its East London context is characterised by granular plots of warehouses dating from 1870 to 1950 alongside the Regent’s Canal. The vernacular architecture of the area is utilitarian and banal, but articulates a sense of place that has become popular for galleries, artists’ studios and creative industries because of the unselfconscious and robust nature of the buildings, their spaces and the materials that they are built from.
This new project will repair and extend the urban grain and architectural fabric of the neighbourhood, and anchor itself to a new public space, reconnecting the street to the canal. Spaces for creative production, (artists’ studios and maker spaces), as well as residential apartments will be accommodated within simple brick buildings that will be discrete in character and, like the existing warehouse buildings, are imagined to be creatively adapted and re-purposed over their lifespans.
A new canal-side building of more civic and deliberate character will replace a dilapidated warehouse. To be built entirely from in situ concrete as a counterpoint to surrounding brick architecture, its stepped form will cantilever over the canal edge and contain three large rooms: a ground floor café/restaurant, a performance space at first floor and exhibition gallery on top.
Location: Lime Wharf, London
Model photography: Richard Davies
Images: Forbes Massie