London’s latest architectural landmark, Design District has formally opened today as it welcomes the public to its site on Greenwich Peninsula.
The extraordinary architecture is designed to inspire a newly arrived creative community. A permanent home for the creative industries, Design District comprises 16 buildings by eight pioneering architects, one minute from North Greenwich Underground station. With studios, floors, or entire buildings available from £5 per sqft for the first 12 months, the district offers affordable spaces, comprehensive facilities and flexible leases – everything creative.
Happening in conjunction with London Design Festival and London Fashion Week, Design District’s opening will be marked with a special launch-night celebration on the 15th from 7pm, featuring music and performances, and by Design District Creates – a wide-ranging programme of insightful design talks, behind-the-scenes architecture tours and eye-opening exhibitions taking place throughout the month.
Comprising a deliberately eclectic medley of 16 buildings by eight world-leading architects, Design District was initially conceived by Knight Dragon to provide a permanent, purpose-designed home for London’s creative industries. As the economic impact of coronavirus hit the creative sector especially hard, the district’s role has expanded – not only is it intended to be a hub for the sector, it also aims to facilitate its economic recovery, providing affordable, flexible workspace to individuals and enterprises and giving them the breathing space to build back and grow. For example, this year, for the first 12 months of their tenancy, every business taking up residence in one of the district’s 16 buildings is paying just £5 per square foot for its workspace.