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A4 & B4: Design District

art studio, community/cultural, offices, gallery, mixed use, walk/tour

David Kohn Architects, 2022

The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, SE10 0QE

A pair of affordable studio buildings as part of a new creative district on the Greenwich peninsula. David Kohn Architects worked with developer Knight Dragon on two new build creative studio buildings as part of the Design District.

Getting there


North Greenwich




108, 129, 188

Additional travel info

The closest tube station in North Greenwich (30 metres). On the 24-hour Jubilee line, it gets you to London Bridge in 8 minutes and Waterloo in 11 minutes. EMIRATES AIR LINE CABLE CAR Connecting the Design District to the Royal Docks (near ExCel London) and the DLR. North Greenwich bus station is a major hub providing direct links across the city.





David Kohn Architects’ buildings A4 and B4 are a pair of miniature glowing palazzi. They share heavy red masonry bases, green gridded glazed facades and are adorned by figurative sculpture and an illuminated rooftop sign that announces your arrival at the ‘DESIGN DISTRICT.’


The architecture is classically-inspired but makes playful reference to other periods and ideas, from the heavily adorned palazzi of the Venetian guild houses, to the American mid-west roadside architecture beloved of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown, to the late works of British architect, James Stirling. The buildings speak of making rules and breaking them and hope to similarly inspire their creative occupants. Read about this project in the Architects' Journal, “Eclectic dreams: David Kohn’s Greenwich Design District buildings”and in the Swiss journal Werk, Bauen + Wohnen.


Project: Creative studios and workshops
Client: Knight Dragon
Size: 2500m2
Status: Completed 2022
Construction: Value £5.5M
Design Team: Benjamin Boehringer, Adam Perkins, Natalie Klak, Tarn Philipp, Jessica Lyons, Matt Volsen, Philip Dring, Tom Whittaker
Photography: Max Creasy

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