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New contemporary homes inspired by the rich history of the site will be built on a redundant metal foundry in Deptford.
The client set out to create a new vibrant community integrated and connected to the local community. Anthology Deptford Foundry consists of eight buildings of varying heights and Cobalt Tower, a distinctive 22 storey tower, a marker at the railways convergence for those travelling in and out of London.
Conceptually the lower buildings are designed as a series of contemporary warehouse buildings in traditional materials (brick and metal) with two visually different ‘marker’ buildings to the public squares. The design for Colbalt Tower was inspired by historic photographs of the stacks of metal mould boxes used in the manufacturing process of the foundry. The tower is split into four identifiable vertical metal ‘stacks’ wrapped around a central brick ‘chimney’. The stacks vary in height in response to short and long distance views, creating an identifiable, articulated top to the building.
At ground level through the building there is a three storey colonnade, through which the new pedestrian and cycle route passes, whilst simultaneously creating a dramatic covered entrance. The entrance is further defined by a latticework of metal, inspired by the patterns in the metalwork formerly produced on the site.
Contact: Andrew Long, Michal Affanasowicz, Dominic Mayer, Dorota Knet, Ryszard Stanik