Open House Festival

A3: Design District

mixed use

Adam Khan Architects, 2021

Building A3 Design District, Soames Walk, SE10 0BJ

Building A3 by Adam Khan Architects with its sturdy, geometric concrete exterior, can be seen as a nod to the aesthetics of raw construction found on emerging sites across the evolving Greenwich Peninsula.

Getting there


North Greenwich


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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.




Set in the Design District

You will have the opportunity to get a tour of this building before exploring the rest of the site where creative businesses make and sell their products. You can visit galleries and exhibitions in B4 and D4, check out the Institute for Creativity and Technology and witness the siloed design of this new creative community.

Canteen Food Hall and Bar is the bustling heart of Design District — a place for eating, meeting, socialising and relaxing. In an airy, plant-filled transparent structure by SelgasCano, independently run food stalls serve up innovative global fare to tenants, visitors and local residents. The industrial kitchen is available to on-site event caterers and doubles as a test kitchen.

Adam Khan's Aesthetic

Adam Khan is committed to beauty. For him it’s a way of ensuring buildings last — what he calls an ‘aesthetic sustainability.’ Even though his buildings are comparably modest in scale, he often turns to grand structures such as palaces for inspiration, understanding that the secret of their preservation is the pleasure people take in reappropriating them from one decade to the next. After no longer fulfilling their original purpose, such buildings aren’t demolished but take on new lives: ‘They have been banks, schools, universities, dance schools, as well as the home for the very wealthy person who built it.’

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