Open House Festival

D2 : Design District

mixed use

Mole Architects, 2021

Building D2, 3 Dormer Yard, SE10 0EB

Building D2 designed by Mole Architects has a striking exterior with an iridescent painted finish that changes colour with the light. Internally timber was chosen for its renewable low-carbon properties. Mole Architects also designed the adjacent C2, Ziggurat-shaped and clad in CorTen weathered steel, which makes a striking statement. The building is fitted out with a test kitchen and studios.

Getting there


North Greenwich




108, 129, 132, 161, 180, 188, 422, 472, 486

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.




Purpose Built Creative Studios

Mole Architects will conduct the tours of D2 and tenants such as Wizard Works, The Photography Foundation and Helen Kirkum will be hosting open-studios.

An Iridescent aluminium sheets clad the rhomboid-shaped D2 building, a creative workplace by Cambridge studio Mole Architects that forms the latest addition to London's Design District.

The Influence of the Sites History

The building's facades are clad in a continuous rainscreen made from folded aluminium sheets with an iridescent finish, which shifts from green to deep blue depending on how light falls upon it.

Decorative external glass fins that incorporate a dichroic layer are positioned alongside the windows and also produce a colour-changing effect.

The shimmering colours of the profiled facade and the glass fins are intended to evoke the shifting shades of a gas flame – a reference to the site's history as one of Europe's largest gasworks.

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