The Waterman, Greenwich Peninsula
by Pilbrow and Partners for Knight Dragon
The Waterman, completed in 2017, marks the first phase of the realisation of wider Greenwich Peninsula masterplan. The building delivers 269 new homes and a new public square at the heart of the new urban district.
A six-storey low-rise building creates carefully-scaled street facades at the perimeter of the block and a private internal garden for residents. Townhouses activate the base of the building; their two-storey scale expressed as a robust stone plinth. The top floor is recessed as an attic, facing the coal loader jetty on the River Thames; this floor is drawn forward to create four dramatic, cantilevered penthouses.
The tower building is arranged as two wings flanking the central core. Each wing contains three flats so that every apartment is dual aspect. L-shaped living rooms are set around generous corner balconies to maximise panoramic views, with the upper-most floors reduced to one wing only with a communal residential garden, planned where the building sets back.